Anna Karenina (Bantam Classics)

Anna Karenina (Bantam Classics)

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Anna Karenina (Bantam Classics) by Leo Tolstoy

A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina portrays the moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant social mores of their time.  Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky.  When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband (and Russian high society) would condone, she is doomed.  Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds.  In doubt about the meaning of life, haunted by thoughts of suicide, Levin's struggles echo Tolstoy's own spiritual crisis.  But Anna's inner turmoil mirrors the own emotional imprisonment and mental disintegration of a woman who dares to transgress the strictures of a patriarchal world.  In Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy brought to perfection the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that bared the Russian soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553213461
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1984
Series: World Classic Literature Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 1008
Sales rank: 1,262,724
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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Date of Birth:

September 9, 1828

Date of Death:

November 20, 1910

Place of Birth:

Tula Province, Russia

Place of Death:

Astapovo, Russia


Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first read by Tolstoy...felt intimidated, maybe. But, pleased I chose to read this story of it's many different forms, exhibited in each of the characters included in story. Not difficult to read; some interpretations included for a possible unfamiliar term or phrase. I did see movie with Kiera Knightly, Jude Law---- that sparked my interest. Some slight differences in movie and book ( not unusual) but has helped me with the reading of Anna Karenina, as Tolstoy does sometimes "seem to overdo, over explain at times" and could cause a disinterest if not aware of great story line and of my great desire to find out why things took the turns they did in the characters Tolstoy presented. Just wish I had another book like this to read! would be great for group discussions.. Russian culture, customs 1800's; and aforementioned characters and the types of love exhibited.
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