Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna’s story is simple and timeless, bored by her calculating husband and eager to live life, rather than read about it in books, she falls in love. In Moscow and Petersburg, such scandals are the stuff of gossip, not tragedy, but Anna refuses to play society’s game: hers is a high passion, and though she tries to insist that her lover, Count Vronsky, share it, he begins to dread the very word ‘love’ and to hanker after simpler pleasures. Against this ruinous affair are set the stories of other loves, other marriages, including the cautious progress to happiness of Kitty and Levin (perhaps a wistful self-portrait of the Tolstoys’ early married life). For today’s reader, Tolstoy’s narrative genius shines through in the portrait he paints of Russia in the latter part of the 19th century drawing rooms, racetracks, officers’ clubs, forests and dachas depicted in all their seductive yet hypocritical glory as the setting for Anna’s doomed passion.
- Folio Society First Impression No. 374
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 1975
- Printed White Cloth Hardback, 866 pp
- Mono-types by Dodie Masterman
- Size 230 x 150mm, 1.7kg
Condition: Good – Edgewear To Slipcase, No Inscriptions, Good Copy
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