By Leo Tolstoy
Vladimir Nabokov referred to as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina one of the best love tales in global literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was once no longer a lot a piece of paintings as a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a wealthy and intricate meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.
Married to a robust govt minister, Anna Karenina is a gorgeous lady who falls deeply in love with a prosperous military officer, the stylish count number Vronsky. wanting to locate fact and that means in her existence, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to stay together with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by way of her friends and liable to suits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna reveals herself not able to flee an more and more hopeless situation.
Set in contrast tragic affair is the tale of Konstantin Levin, a depression landowner whom Tolstoy dependent mostly on himself. whereas Anna appears to be like for happiness via love, Levin embarks on his personal look for non secular success via marriage, relatives, and difficult paintings. Surrounding those significant plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly, making a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.
From its well-known beginning sentence, "Happy households are all alike; each unsatisfied kin is sad in its personal way,” to its stunningly tragic end, this enduring story of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.
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The support for the execution of the adulterer or adulteress derives from prescriptions in the Old Testament of the Bible; an alternative response to the guilty adulteress is articulated in the New Testament, John 8:7, in Christ舗s exhortation: 舠Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,舡 a statement that is echoed at several junctures in Anna Karenina. The epigraph of the novel, 舠Vengeance is mine,舡 may be harmonized with this idea that punishment is not for people to enact but is reserved to God.
His writing suffered as well. In the years following his conversion, Tolstoy renounced his earlier masterpieces as worldly trash and devoted his talents to hortatory essays and revisions of the New Testament. His public was appalled at this turn of events and a dying Ivan Turgenev begged Tolstoy to fulfill his deathbed plans and take up his pen once more. During the time he spent educating the Russian peasants, Tolstoy came to believe that a literal interpretation of Christ舗s teachings, stripped of church doctrine, gave meaning to their lives.
Neither philosophy nor organized religion could soothe his ennui or lead him to understand how he could live a meaningful life. 舡 Sophia, overextended from perpetual pregnancies and wifely duties, responded to her husband舗s increasing spiritual unrest with incomprehension. The marriage suffered terribly and never quite recovered from that period of unhappiness. His writing suffered as well. In the years following his conversion, Tolstoy renounced his earlier masterpieces as worldly trash and devoted his talents to hortatory essays and revisions of the New Testament.
Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Leo Tolstoy