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Tolstoy produced many drafts of Anna Karenina. Crafting and recrafting each sentence with careful intent, he was anything but casual in his use of language. Translator Marian Schwartz observes that his project was to bend language to his will as an instrument of his aesthetic and moral convictions.” In her magnificent new translation, Schwartz embraces Tolstoy’s unusual style. She is the first English language translator ever to do so. Previous translations have departed from Tolstoy’s original, correcting” supposed mistakes and infelicities. But Schwartz uses repetition where Tolstoy does, wields a sound cliché when he does, and strips down descriptive passages as he does, re-creating his style in English with imagination and skill.
Tolstoy’s romantic Anna, long-suffering Karenin, dashing Vronsky, and dozens of their family members, friends, and neighbors are among the most vivid characters in world literature. In the thought-provoking Introduction to this volume, Gary Saul Morson provides unusual insights into these characters, exploring what they reveal about Tolstoy’s radical conclusions on romantic love, intellectual dishonesty, the nature of happiness, the course of true evil, and more. For readers at every stage, from students first encountering Anna to literary professionals revisiting the novel, this volume will stand as the English reader’s clear first choice.
Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in all of literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.
Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, ‘He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.
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Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Gary Saul Morson, Marian Schwartz
Series: The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2014
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