Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, Anna Karenina is Tolstoy`s classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life."
By Mona Simpson (Introduction by); Constance Garnett (Translator); Leonard J. Kent (Revised by); Nina Berberova (Revised by); Leo Tolstoy
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780679783305, 976pp.)