Anna Karenina es, junto con la monumental Guerra y paz, una de las obras clave Lev Tolstoi, en la que vemos todas las señas de identidad del gran realismo ruso: fina crítica social y multitud de personajes con una profundidad psicológica asombrosa. Las desventuras de Anna Karenina y su afán por integrarse en una sociedad hipócrita que la margina por adúltera, pero perdona los desmanes de su amante, nos hacen reflexionar sobre la invisibilización de la mujer a la par que nos ofrecen un fresco monumental de la Rusia decimonónica y todas sus contradicciones.Together with the monumental War and Peace, Anna Karenina is one of Leo Tolstoy’s most important works and a classic of Russian realism. It contains all the hallmarks of that genre, from pointed social critique to psychologically complex characters. Anna Karenina's misadventures and eagerness to integrate into a hypocritical society that condemns her for adultery, but pardons her lover's excesses, offer a portrait of nineteenth-century Russia in all its contradictions. It also encourages us to reflect on the way women are invisibilized in society.
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About the Author
Rosamund Bartlett has published widely in the fields of Russian literature and music. Her books include Wagner and Russia (CUP, 2007) and Shostakovitch in Context (OUP, 2000), as well as biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy. Her life of Tolstoy was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. As a translator she has published the first unexpurgated edition of Chekhov's letters for Penguin Classics, and her translation of Chekhov's short stories, About Love and Other Stories, for Oxford World's Classics was shortlisted for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. She was until 2006 Reader and Head of Department of Russian at the University of Durham, and she is the Founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, set up to preserve Chekhov's house in Yalta, for which she was awarded the Chekhov 150th Anniversary Medal in 2010 by the Russian government.
Date of Birth:September 9, 1828
Date of Death:November 20, 1910
Place of Birth:Tula Province, Russia
Place of Death:Astapovo, Russia
Education:Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47
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Table of Contents
Note on the Text and Translation
A Chronology of Leo Tolstoy
Principal Characters and Guide to Pronunciation
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"Tolstoy did not wish to please; he wished to correct, instruct, inspire, persuade. And as Marian Schwartz notes, he “wholly intended to bend language to his will.” In her astonishing new translation, she takes seriously Tolstoy’s disgust with smooth Russian literary style, setting a new standard in English for accuracy to Tolstoyan repetition, sentence density and balance, stripped-down vocabulary and enhanced moral weight. A rough, powerful, unromantic Anna that wakes the reader up and rings true."—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University