Anna Karenina (Russian edition)

Anna Karenina (Russian edition)

by Leo Tolstoy
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Anna Karenina (Russian edition) by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first true novel, when he came to consider War and Peace to be more than a novel. The character of Anna was likely inspired, in part, by Maria Hartung, the elder daughter of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Soon after meeting her at dinner, Tolstoy began reading Pushkin's prose and once had a fleeting daydream of "a bare exquisite aristocratic elbow", which proved to be the first intimation of Anna's character.
Fyodor Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style", and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written". The novel is currently enjoying popularity as demonstrated by a recent poll of 125 contemporary authors by J. Peder Zane, published in 2007 in The Top Ten, which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest novel ever written".

ATTENTION: In Russian -- free sample is corrupted, but full e-book contains embedded fonts, so you will see readable text. Tested on Nook and Nook for PC.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012229199
Publisher: Arpine Babloyan
Publication date: 02/25/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,063,434
File size: 972 KB

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy, or Count Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910), was a Russian writer many consider to have been one of the world's greatest novelists. His literary masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina represent, in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 19th-century Russian life and attitudes, the peak of realist fiction.
Tolstoy's further talents as essayist, dramatist, and educational reformer made him the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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Anna Karenina 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
BirdieOH More than 1 year ago
I wish the reviews for this book would consist to the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound  Classic I am reviewing for purchase . I am recieving a million e-book reviews. B&N please, please do a better job not lumping all reviews together. We classic buyers want to know if there are problem with the latest editions, translations and font sizes. Thanks.
Mattyc020 More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble do it again! An excellent product, expertly manufactured and intrinsically beautiful in design. A must-have, must-read book, not a Dan Brown-esque page tuner but high brow literature testamentary of contemporary Russian works. I shipped this product to Malta and it only took 2 weeks to be delivered, excellent stuff!  
Beautiful_Book_Collector More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book is lovely. I'm so happy I bought it!
Amberdaran More than 1 year ago
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EHD More than 1 year ago
The picture doesn't do it justice---it isn't pastel--it is a rich red, gold, and blue! I LOVE it---a perfect addition to my library!
JAustenSS More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love! Barnes and Noble has done it again, I love all of their leatherbound classics and this one is no exception. Would recommend to anyone!
Claudia Martinez More than 1 year ago
Could someone, who already bought it, tell me the name of the translator for this edition? (hardcover $38 collectible)
Alix26 More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful B&N book. The ivory leather and Faberge egg theme suits the content perfectly. Keep up the lovely work B&N. P.S. A B&N copy of War & Peace would be a great addition to the collection, and this piece in particular.
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CarolineCarnivorous More than 1 year ago
The cover of the book was the first thing that caught me - It reminded me of my favorite Yule bauble as a child. When I read the overview, I thought it sounded wonderful, so I got it. It's a tragic story, about affairs and family, mostly. Anna Arkadyevna Karenina married her 20 year older husband Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin young, but not out of love, and she finds what she thinks is love in the young and handsome Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky; they have an affair, and she gets pregnant. Karenin is of course furious, and takes their young son Sergei "Seryozha" Alexeyich Karenin away from her, but refuses to divorce her, and leaves her miserable. Another story in this novel is about Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievich Levin, who wants to marry the young Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya, who is the sister-in-law of Anna's brother (wow, confusing). So we get to see him deal with his own personal issues as well, which I personally found a little distracting, but okay. Honestly, I wouldn't really recommend this 800-page novel for everyone. I'm usually used to heavy reading, though this was very difficult to read I felt, and I had difficulty in remembering which characters where who - And there are even sentences in conversations in french and german. Though the chapters are very short, only a few pages, so you can get through it. So I would recommend this to adults, maybe specialty interested young adults. Maybe if you liked the movie, and like big books, you should give it a try.
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Once upon a time,on a rainy,rainy night,a baby girl was left on the doorstep of an orphanidge.A friend of the queen's answered the door.She noticed the skinny baby lying on the porch,who started to cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The new leatherbound cover is inexcusably bad. Way too busy, ugly colors, bad design. Was this rushed out because of the upcoming movie? What happened to the clean, simple, stylish covers like Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, etc. What an upsetting missed opportunity for the leatherbound collection.
ToddToups1 More than 1 year ago
just for display never intend to unwrap