Pevear and Volokhonksky's groundbreaking translation of Tolstoy's epic novel of love, destiny, and self-destruction, now in a new Bickford-Smith designed clothbound edition
Part of Penguin's beautiful hardcover Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.
Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as "flawless," "Anna Karenina" tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club(TM) selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes, as well as a foreword by critic John Bayley. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this "Anna Karenina" will be the definitive text for generations to come.