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First published in 1878, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is the tragic story of aristocrat Anna Karenina and her illfated affair with the cavalry officer Count Vronsky. Although passionately in love, the couple find their romance doomed by the sexual mores of their time and place, and the double standards that apply to men and women. The tale's panoramic sweep and Tolstoy's colorful depcition of Russia and the European continent are virtually unparallelled in world literature. This novel, in the estimation of William Faulkner, is "the best ever written." Anna Karenina is one of Barnes & Noble's leatherbound classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offers hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library.  

About The Author Leo Tolstoy

One of the great masters of the 19th-century novel, Tolstoy created a sweeping epic in War and Peace which folds


together huge events in history and politics with the emotional lives of individuals. But it was his deeply spiritual outlook that made him an icon.

Biography Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.

He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote The Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. After leaving the army in 1856 Tolstoy spent some time mixing with the literati in St Petersburg before traveling abroad and then settling at Yasnaya Polyana, where he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs. His marriage to Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862 marked the beginning of a period of contentment centred around family life; they had thirteen children. Tolstoy managed his vast estates, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote both his great novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). During the 1870s he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that had always dogged him coming to the fore. A Confession (1879-82) marked an outward change in his life and works; he became an extreme rationalist and moralist, and in a series of pamphlets written after 1880 he rejected church and state, indicted the demands of flesh, and denounced private property. His teachings earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad, and also led finally to his excommunication by the Russian Holy Synod in 1901. In 1910 at the age of eighty-two he fled from home "leaving this worldly life in order to live out my last days in peace and solitude;" he died some days later at the station master's house at Astapovo. Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD.

Reviews Pevear and Volokhonsky, winners of the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for their version of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, have produced the first new translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina in 40 years. The result should make the book accessible to a new generation of readers. In an informative introduction, Pevear gives the reader a history of the work Tolstoy called his first true novel and which took him some four years to write. Pevear explains how Tolstoy took real events, incorporated them into his novel, and went through several versions before this tale of the married Anna and her love for Count Vronsky emerged in its final form in 1876. It was during the writing of the book that Tolstoy went through a religious crisis in his life, which is reflected in this novel. The translation is easily readable and succeeds in bringing Tolstoy's masterpiece to life once again.

This isn't a review of the book, but this edition of the book: The butchered one. If you're considering it, you're crazy. It's abridged. Know what that means? They took one of the greatest classics of all time, chopped out the parts that made the really eventful parts pop so that it has no major part anymore, and just...destroyed the book. Imagine your favorite movie limited to a tiny small limit. This isn't even half the book, it's LESS than that. WAY less than that. If you want to read the book, read the book, not a really big summary.

The lack of editing in this eBook is a disgrace!!!!! I cannot believe B&N had the audacity to charge for this disaster Never-ending spelling mistakes and typos - it becomes impossible to read with so many errors.


not so much a review of the book, which is obviously a classic, but this particular edition is NOT ideal for the 1st edition Nook. There are words missing, and it seemed to "lock up" on every few pages. I finally had to finish it on my laptop. maybe try a different version if you have the old Nook like I do...

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