Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy, David Magarshack, Priscilla Meyer

Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Karenin provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity ingeneral.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 960 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.01 out of 5
  • Published November 5th 2002 by Signet
  • Original Title: Анна Каренина
  • ISBN: 0451528611 (ISBN13: 9780451528612)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Aleksandrovna Shcherbatskaya
  • Anna Arkadyevna Karenina
  • Count Aleksei Kirillovich Vronsky
  • Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievitch Levin
  • Prince Stepan "Stiva" Arkadyevitch Oblonsky
  • Literary Awards: PEN Translation Prize for Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky (2002)

Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Karenin provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, ‘He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.