Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo 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, enjoying out the contrasts of urban and state lifestyles and the entire diversifications on love and family members happiness. whereas earlier models have softened the powerful, and occasionally surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation precise to his strong voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. appealing, energetic, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina could be the definitive textual content for generations to return.

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Darya Alexandrovna told me to inform you that she is leaving. Let him do as he – that is, you – pleases,’ he said, laughing with his eyes only, and, putting his hands in his pockets and cocking his head to one side, he looked fixedly at his master. Stepan Arkadyich said nothing. Then a kind and somewhat pathetic smile appeared on his handsome face. ‘Eh? ’ he said, shaking his head. ‘Never mind, sir, it’ll shape up,’ said Matvei. ’ ‘You think so? ’ Stepan Arkadyich asked, hearing the rustle of a woman’s dress outside the door.

Ay, ay, ay! ’ There was no answer, except the general answer life gives to all the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: one must live for the needs of the day, in other words, become oblivious. To become oblivious in dreams was impossible now, at least till night–time; it was impossible to return to that music sung by carafe–women; and so one had to become oblivious in the dream of life. ‘We’ll see later on,’ Stepan Arkadyich said to himself and, getting up, he put on his grey dressing gown with the light–blue silk lining, threw the tasselled cord into a knot, and, drawing a goodly amount of air into the broad box of his chest, went up to the window with the customary brisk step of his splayed feet, which so easily carried his full body, raised the blind and rang loudly.

He turned to Matvei and resolutely threw off his dressing gown. Matvei was already holding the shirt like a horse collar, blowing away something invisible, and with obvious pleasure he clothed the pampered body of his master in it. III After dressing, Stepan Arkadyich sprayed himself with scent, adjusted the cuffs of his shirt, put cigarettes, wallet, matches, a watch with a double chain and seals into his pockets with an accustomed gesture, and, having shaken out his handkerchief, feeling himself clean, fragrant, healthy, and physically cheerful despite his misfortune, went out, springing lightly at each step, to the dining room, where coffee was already waiting for him, and, next to the coffee, letters and papers from the office.

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