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Anna Karenina

Multi-volume set? (book title page)


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About the book (by the publisher) (,

The doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.


Last copyright date? first edition stated? first printing? publisher? (book copyright page)

This 2012 edition published by Barnes & Noble, Inc.

First edition, first printing

Cover illustration copyright 2012 Elizabeth Traynor

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Cover illustration

First pages: author(s)? editor? translator(s)? illustrator? cover designer? text font? preface? foreward? introduction? frontispiece? list of illustrations? list of maps? (book copyright page)

Author Leo Tolstoy

Translation by Constance Garnett

Cover illustration by Elizabeth Traynor

Cover design by Patrice Kaplan and Elizabeth Traynor

Last pages: afterword? notes? appendixes? bibliography? acknowledgement? indexes?


About the author (by the publisher)

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Leather covers and spine

Raised ribs on spine

Gilt on all three sides of pages

Silk ribbon

Designed end papers

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800 pages

9.4 x 6 x 1.7 inches

Condition new, mint / fine, vg+, vg, vg-, g, reader's copy, favors (clean, tight, bright, written notes, still wrapped), faults (x-lib (ex-library) warped, stained, frayed, sun bleached, brittle paper, foxing, bent, torn, soiled, markings, etc)



Book theme (

Anna Karenina is commonly thought to explore the themes of hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society, progress, carnal desire and passion, and the agrarian connection to land in contrast to the lifestyles of the city. Translator Rosemary Edmonds wrote that Tolstoy does not explicitly moralise in the book, but instead allows his themes to emerge naturally from the "vast panorama of Russian life." She also says one of the novel's key messages is that "no one may build their happiness on another's pain." Levin is often considered a semi-autobiographical portrayal of Tolstoy's own beliefs, struggles, and life events. Tolstoy's first name is "Lev," and the Russian surname "Levin" means "of Lev." According to footnotes in the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, the viewpoints Levin supports throughout the novel in his arguments match Tolstoy's outspoken views on the same issues. Moreover, according to W. Gareth Jones, Levin proposed to Kitty in the same way as Tolstoy to Sophia Behrs. Additionally, Levin's request that his fiancée read his diary as a way of disclosing his faults and previous sexual encounters parallels Tolstoy's own requests to his fiancée, Sophia Behrs.

Book plot introduction (

Anna Karenina is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing—something that prefigures her own later situation, though she would experience less tolerance by others. A bachelor, Vronsky is eager to marry her if she will agree to leave her husband Karenin, a senior government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, the moral laws of the Russian Orthodox Church, her own insecurities, and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky and Anna go to Italy, where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances, she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fearing loss of control. A parallel story within the novel is that of Konstantin Lëvin or Ljovin, a wealthy country landowner who wants to marry Princess Kitty, sister to Dolly and sister-in-law to Anna's brother Oblonsky. Konstantin has to propose twice before Kitty accepts. The novel details Konstantin's difficulties managing his estate, his eventual marriage, and his struggle to accept the Christian faith, until the birth of his first child. The novel explores a diverse range of topics throughout its approximately one thousand pages. Some of these topics include an evaluation of the feudal system that existed in Russia at the time—politics, not only in the Russian government but also at the level of the individual characters and families, religion, morality, gender and social class.

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Genre, sub-genre? Subjects? (

Married women -- Fiction.

Adultery -- Fiction.

Russia -- Social life and customs -- 1533-1917 -- Fiction.


Manners and customs.

Married women.


If a nonfiction book: timely? dated? difficult or easy to read? technical? scholarly? author(s) expertise?


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Classification (book copyright page)

ISBN: 978-1-4351-3962-6


In public domain? book club? ex-lib (ex library book)? (book copyright page)

In public domain, except for book design

Similar condition used book price, including shipping (,

$20.00 plus shipping

Book signed? a message to someone? bookplate? pressed flower? other item(s) laid-in?



Publisher online (publisher internet address)

Responsible online (author or editor)


Printer, numbered copy, where printed? (book title page)

Printed and bound in China


Book awards? author's or editor's book awards? notable? contest? NY Times bestseller? (book jacket or cover)

Personal book opinions

This book is often honored as best literary work of all time.

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Book intangibles

A must read. Period.