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  • Anna Karenina

    By Leo Tolstoy

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781593081775
    • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
    • Published: August 2004
    Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the greatest love stories in world literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was not so much a work of art as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless situation.Set against this tragic affair is the story of Konstantin Levin, a melancholy landowner whom Tolstoy based largely on himself. While Anna looks for happiness through love, Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, creating a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society. From its famous opening sentence—“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”—to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.Amy Mandelker, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel and coeditor of Approaches to Teaching Anna Karenina.
  • Crime and Punishment

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781499617702
    • Publisher: The Folio Society
    In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names' ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them.A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library for my History of Louis XIV, I stumbled by chance upon the Memoirs of M. d'Artagnan, printed--as were most of the works of that period, in which authors could not tell the truth without the risk of a residence, more or less long, in the Bastille--at Amsterdam, by Pierre Rouge. The title attracted me; I took them home with me, with the permission of the guardian, and devoured them.It is not my intention here to enter into an analysis of this curious work; and I shall satisfy myself with referring such of my readers as appreciate the pictures of the period to its pages. They will therein find portraits penciled by the hand of a master; and although these squibs may be, for the most part, traced upon the doors of barracks and the walls of cabarets, they will not find the likenesses of Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, Richelieu, Mazarin, and the courtiers of the period, less faithful than in the history of M. Anquetil.But, it is well known, what strikes the capricious mind of the poet is not always what affects the mass of readers. Now, while admiring, as others doubtless will admire, the details we have to relate, our main preoccupation concerned a matter to which no one before ourselves had given a thought.
  • Crime and Punishment

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781566194327
    • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books
    • Published: June 1994
  • Crime and Punishment

    By Fydor Dostoevsky

    Our Price: $5.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781840224306
    • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
    • Published: September 2000
    (Wordsworth Classics). In the pantheon of great novels, Crime and Punishment stands as a singular, incomparable masterpiece. The character of Raskilnikov, whose frenzied consciousness, and against whose better instincts, is inexorably driven to commit a brutal double murder. The novel relentlessly shifts from detective story to monumental tragedy as the protagonist reveals his agony in a series of brilliantly dramatic scenes that illuminate universal themes to which the human condition is inextricably bound. Please read this book...soon, or again. 485p.
  • Crime and Punishment

    By Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780760750780
    • Publisher: Barnes & Nobles Books
    • Published: January 2005
  • Fathers and Sons

    By Ivan Turgenev

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781593082611
    • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
    • Published: March 2007
    Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences?biographical, historical, and literary?to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Youth rebels. It’s true today and it was true in Russia, in 1862, when Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons first appeared. At the novel’s center stands Evgeny Bazarov, medical student, doctor’s son, and self-proclaimed nihilist. Bazarov rejects all authority, all so-called truths that are based on faith rather than science and experience. His ideas bring him into conflict with his best friend, recent graduate Arkady Kirsanov, with Arkady’s family, with his own parents, and eventually with his emotions, when he falls helplessly in love with the beautiful Madame Odintsova. Turgenev’s earlier A Sportsman’s Sketches had helped hasten the liberation of the serfs in 1861. But the complex portrait of Bazarov, whose goals he admired but whose rejection of art and embrace of violence he could not accept, enraged both right and left. The right saw Fathers and Sons as a glorification of radical extremists; the left saw it as a denunciation of progress. Even today, readers argue over Turgenev’s attitude towards Bazarov. But they can’t resist the novel’s power to grip the heart while engaging the mind. David Goldfarb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages at Barnard College. He has published numerous scholarly articles as well as the Introduction and Notes to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories.
  • Gambler

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Our Price: $4.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486290812
    • Publisher: Dover
    • Published: May 1996
    (Dover Thrift Editions series). Among the more significant of Dostoyevsky's shorter works, The Gambler (1866) bears several germaine connections to its author's life & career. Composedquickly during the composition of Crime and Punishment, its writing was hastened by the hiring of a young stenographer, Anna Snitkina, who became Dostoyevsky's second wife. The work discusses with great insight the psychology of desperate gambling, a compulsion which brought its author, literally, to the brink of ruin. 117p.
  • Poor Folk

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Our Price: $4.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486456614
    • Publisher: DOVER
    • Published: April 2007
    (Dover Thrift Editions series). First published in 1846, the novel brought Dostoyevksy immediate critical and public acclaim when he was just twenty-four-years old. This poignant societal and physiological sketch is written in the form of letters of correspondence between two characters, both trapped within the poverty and circumstance of St. Petersburg's slums. Makar is a writer struggling to survive; Varvara, a low paid seamstress.The two are in love, but too poor to marry. Written during the initial stirrings of the Russian realism movement, the book is a vivid portrait of society's 'everyman.' 103p.
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486437910
    • Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
    • Published: August 2005
    Examines the philosophies of three brothers--officer Dimitri, intellectual Ivan, and patient Alyosha--as their lives are intertwined with a murder.
  • The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Volume 1

    By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226300689
    • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
    • Published: March 1985
    A collection of short stories portrays life in rural Russia and satirizes Russian society
  • The Kingdom of God Is within You: Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion but as a New Theory of Life

    By Leo Tolstoy

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803294042
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: October 1984
    First published in Germany in 1894, after being banned in Russia, The Kingdom of God Is within You reveals Tolstoy's world outlook after his conversion to Christianity. He argues that the kingdom of God is within reach of all.The core of the book deals with his nonresistance to evil, a principle Tolstoy passionately advocated. Gandhi was won over by the book. Tolstoy clearly describes the hazards that bullying governments and false beliefs produced. “The situation of the Christian part of humanity—with its prisons, forced labor, gallows, saloons, brothels, constantly increasing armaments, and millions of confused people ready like trained hounds to attack anyone against whom their masters set them—this situation would be terrible if it were the product of coercion, but it is above all the product of public opinion.”Abhorring the violence of revolution, Tolstoy calls on Christians to remember that the only guide for their actions is to be found in the divine principle dwelling within them, which in no sense can be checked or governed by anyone or anything else.
  • The Possessed

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781399152372
    • Publisher: The Modern Library
    • Published: 1963
  • The Torrents of Spring

    By Ivan Turgenev

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780760779095
    • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
    • Published: April 1980
    (The Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading series). A bittersweet story of young love steered astray by passion. While traveling through Germany, nobleman Dmitri Sanin meets Gemma Roselli, a beautiful Italian girl who works in her family's shop. They fall in love as Sanin saves Gemma's brother's life and defends her honor in a duel. Romance turns toward heartbreak, though, when Sanin falls under the spell of an imperious woman. Endnotes, Suggested Reading. 158p.
  • War and Peace

    By Leo Tolstoy

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780394607016
    • Publisher: The Modern Library
    • Published: 1931

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