By Leo Tolstoy
Vladimir Nabokov referred to as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina one of the best love tales in international literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was once now not loads a piece of paintings as a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a wealthy and intricate meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.
Married to a strong executive minister, Anna Karenina is a gorgeous lady who falls deeply in love with a prosperous military officer, the dependent count number Vronsky. wanting to locate fact and which means in her lifestyles, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to reside together with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by means of her friends and liable to suits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna unearths herself not able to flee an more and more hopeless situation.
Set by contrast tragic affair is the tale of Konstantin Levin, a depression landowner whom Tolstoy established mostly on himself. whereas Anna seems to be for happiness via love, Levin embarks on his personal look for religious achievement via marriage, kin, and tough paintings. Surrounding those critical plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly, making a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.
From its well-known establishing sentence, "Happy households are all alike; each unsatisfied kinfolk is gloomy in its personal way,” to its stunningly tragic end, this enduring story of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.
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Extra resources for Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
1878Although Tolstoy has submitted the final chapters of Anna Karenina to his publisher, the outbreak of war in the Balkans inspires him to write what he calls an Epilogue to the novel. The publisher refuses to issue it, and Tolstoy brings it out at his own expense, in the form of a brochure. 1883Tolstoy meets Vladimir Chertkov, who becomes his disciple and a source of anger and resentment between Tolstoy and his wife. 1889Tolstoy writes The Kreutzer Sonata, an account of sexuality and wife murder so scandalous it cannot be published and must circulate in manuscript form.
Tolstoy舗s dream of family happiness had to come to terms with the narrative of sexual passion. The novel where this contest of ideas takes place is Anna Karenina. The tragic conflict in Anna舗s story appears to the modern reader to hinge on the impossibility of obtaining a divorce, and too many characters in the novel, divorce appears to be the way to resolve the difficulties of Anna舗s position and reconcile her to society. Without the divorce, she could not be received in proper society, but would sink to the demi-monde of courtesans and social outcasts.
He is not completely successful, but his experi ence only increases his commitment to a lifelong struggle on behalf of the impoverished. True to his divided nature, Tolstoy counterbalances these noble efforts with gambling binges and sexual escapades in St. 1853-1856Tolstoy fights in the Crimean War. He completes another novel, the sequel to Childhood, Boyhood (1854), and a collection of short fiction based on his wartime experience, Sevastopol Stories (1855-1856). Czar Alexander II, the writer Ivan Turgenev, and many other readers embrace Tolstoy as an important writer.