By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the speeding officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to suffer the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an enormous and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, taking part in out the contrasts of urban and kingdom lifestyles and all of the diversifications on love and kin happiness. whereas earlier models have softened the strong, and infrequently stunning, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation real to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally comprises an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. appealing, energetic, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina could be the definitive textual content for generations to come back.
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On her way to Paris to confront her sibling, she fell victim to a criminal conspiracy involving her friends and relatives. A family friend drugged Mme. de Douhault, who awoke days later in the SalpȴtriȲre asylum, where she had been admitted under a false name. Her brother had spread the news of her death, and though she ultimately managed to effect her release, she never regained her estate or her rightful name, as her brother kept the case tied up in the courts for years. Another case of false imprisonment that proved inspirational for Collins touched his artistic circle directly and involved the novelist and baronet Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton and his estranged wife, Rosina.
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