Anna Karenina

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‘The greatest love story I've ever read' Andrew Davies

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

‘All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.'Anna Karenina is a novel of unparalleled richness and complexity, set against the backdrop of Russian high society. Tolstoy charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer who pursues Anna after becoming infatuated with her at a ball. Although she initially resists his charms Anna eventually succumbs, falling passionately in love and setting in motion a chain of events that lead to her downfall. In this extraordinary novel Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, while evoking a love so strong that those who experience it are prepared to die for it.

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  • Paperback
    $28.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099540663
    Published: 01/04/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    Extent: 992 pages
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  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781409059462
    Published: 31/10/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 992 pages
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"One of the greatest love stories in world literature" - Vladimir Nabokov

"In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy got totally inside the mind of a woman who is prepared to lose everything for the sake of man and who is so much in love that she commits suicide. I don't like her as a woman, but I think it is a brilliant portrait, unequalled in literature" - Amanda Craig, Independent

"I've read and re-read this novel and every time I find another layer in the story" - Philippa Gregory

"I first read Anna Karenina 20 years ago when travelling across the Peruvian desert on a long bus journey, and it has stayed with me ever since" - Hugh Thomson, Independent

"Anyone who has read Anna Karenina will be aware of its extraordinary power as an epic psychological tale of a woman who gives up her husband and son for the sake of an affair with a handsome army officer. It has humour but, as with all of Tolstoy's works, it is completely without sentimentality" - Mail on Sunday

"I just love this classic romance about a married mother who succumbs to an unsuitable lover and becomes pregnant by him, which of course results in all sorts of pressures and heartache. The best love story ever told" - Kay Burley