Anna Karenina Strand 80

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Anna Karenina has beauty, social position, wealth, a husband, and an adored son, but her existence seems empty. When she meets the dashing officer count Vronsky she rejects her marriage and turns to him to fulfill her passionate nature - with devastating results. One of the world's greatest novels, Anna Karenina is both an immortal drama of personal conflict and social scandal, and a vivid, richly textured panorama of 19th-century Russia. In a magnificent, acclaimed translation. With Notes. 838p.

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  • A great translation

    5 out of 5

    Written by , Posted on at 12:53:31 PM

    Assuming that you can get beyond the cloying cover, the text of this edition is terrific. I love Tolstoy and love this novel. I originally read it in high school, and with respect to that translation, I recall that I drew a little map so that I could remember names. The new translation (thank heavens) decided to go with a consistent name use...so you don't have to recall every first name, last name, and title associated with each character. But, I'm giving this book five stars for a more fundamental reason. I pulled out the older high school copy and I'm reading them both contemporaneously (occasionally re-reading passages from the old translation). The difference in the texts is enormous with the former not being nearly as beautiful. The earlier translation also includes value judgments (in verb and adjective choice) that affect one's understanding of the characters and relationships. All-in-all, this translation is much more enjoyable in its subtlety - I have no idea whether, however, this is an accurate rendition of the Russian. Oh, and I concede that the newer translation is harder to hold and pack (it's a bit bigger and heavier).

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