By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the speeding officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an unlimited and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, taking part in out the contrasts of urban and kingdom existence and the entire diversifications on love and relatives happiness. whereas earlier models have softened the strong, and occasionally surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation actual to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. appealing, full of life, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina might be the definitive textual content for generations to return.
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For a few moments Vidal wandered around the room without saying a word, stopping to inspect my meager wardrobe, stare out of the window with a look of revulsion, touch the greenish paint that covered the walls, and gently tap with his index finger the naked bulb that hung from the ceiling, as if he wanted to verify the wretched quality of each thing. “What brings you here, Don Pedro? ” “I haven’t come from home. ” He pulled a white parchment envelope from his jacket and handed it to me. ” I took the envelope and examined it.
I never confessed this to Vidal, but I immediately went off to the kitchen in search of soda water and a rag and spent a quarter of an hour cleaning the great man’s jacket. The shadow of the clan was a long one, and however much Don Pedro liked to affect a bohemian air, his whole life was an extension of his family network. Villa Helius was conveniently situated five minutes from the great paternal mansion that dominated the upper stretch of Avenida Pearson, a cathedral-like jumble of balustrades, staircases, and dormer windows that looked out over the whole of Barcelona from a distance, like a child gazing at the toys he has thrown away.
Nobody had ever called me “señor” in all my life, and the formality caught me by surprise. ” I followed her down a short corridor that led into a spacious round room, the walls of which were covered in red velvet dimly lit by lamps. The ceiling was formed of an enameled crystal dome from which hung a glass chandelier. Under the chandelier stood a mahogany table holding an enormous gramophone that whispered an operatic aria. ” The lady with the white hair smiled without blinking, her kindly countenance unperturbed.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy