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About Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of the great novels of the nineteenth century, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
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'A book that you don't just read, you live' Simon Schama
Tolstoy's magnificent epic novel of love, conflict, fate and human life in all its imperfection and grandeur
War and Peace begins at a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, where conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants to soldiers and Napoleon himself.
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Anthony Briggs with an Afterword by Orlando Figes
From the breathless excitement of 16-year-old Natasha Rostov's first ball, to Prince Andrei Bolkonsky's epiphany on the battlefield at Austerlitz, the novel abounds in memorable incidents, particularly those involving Pierre Bezukhov. A seeker after moral and spiritual truths, Pierre and his search for life's deeper meaning stand at the heart of this monumental book. A tale of strivers in a world fraught with conflict, social and political change, and spiritual confusion, Tolstoy's magnificent work continues to entertain, enlighten, and inspire readers around the world.
Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of 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 thereby exposes herself to 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.
While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking qualities of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club™ selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for fans of the film and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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This is the first-ever English-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years.
Widely read in pre-revolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time.
Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.
Ivan Ilyich Golovin, a high court judge in St. Petersburg with a wife and family, lives a carefree life and like everyone he is aware of, he lives a life spent almost entirely in climbing the social ladder, and his life begins to amass more hypocrisy as it goes on. Enduring life with a wife whom he often finds too demanding, he works his way up to be a magistrate focusing more and more on his work as family life becomes more miserable.
While hanging curtains for his new home one day, Ivan Ilyich falls awkwardly and hurts his side. As Ilyich's discomfort increases, his behavior towards his family becomes more irritable. His wife finally insists that he visit a physician. The physician cannot pinpoint the source of his malady, but soon it becomes clear that his condition is terminal. He is brought face to face with his mortality, and realizes that although he knows of it, he does not truly grasp it.
Here are eleven masterful stories from the mature author, some autobiographical, others moral parables, and all told with the evocative power that was Tolstoy’s alone. They include “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” inspired by Tolstoy's own experiences as a soldier in the Chechen War, “Hadji Murat,” the novella Harold Bloom called “the best story in the world,” “The Devil,” a fascinating tale of sexual obsession, and the celebrated “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption.
Pevear and Volokhonsky’s translation captures the richness, immediacy, and multiplicity of Tolstoy’s language, and reveals the author as a passionate moral guide, an unflinching seeker of truth, and ultimately, a creator of enduring and universal art.
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- Emma [Jane Austen]
- Persuasion [Jane Austen]
- Pride and Prejudice [Jane Austen]
- Father Goriot [Honoré de Balzac]
- Jane Eyre [Charlotte Brontë]
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [Anne Brontë]
- Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë]
- The Way of All Flesh [Samuel Butler]
- Don Quixote [Miguel de Cervantes]
- Heart of Darkness [Joseph Conrad]
- Nostromo [Joseph Conrad]
- Moll Flanders [Daniel Defoe]
- Bleak House [Charles Dickens]
- Great Expectations [Charles Dickens]
- The Brothers Karamazov [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
- Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
- The Idiot [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle]
- The Count of Monte Cristo [Alexandre Dumas]
- Daniel Deronda [George Eliot]
- Middlemarch [George Eliot]
- Madame Bovary [Gustave Flaubert]
- The Yellow Wallpaper [Charlotte Perkins Gilman]
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- The Odyssey [Homer]
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- The Portray of a Lady [Henry James]
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- Sons and Lovers [D. H. Lawrence]
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- Swann's Way [Marcel Proust]
- Frankenstein [Mary Shelley]
- The Red and the Black [Stendhal]
- The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson]
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- The Art of War [Sun Tzu]
- Gulliver's Travels [Jonathan Swift]
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The best novel ever written. —William Faulkner
A perfect work of art. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky
One of the greatest love stories in world literature. —Vladimir Nabokov
To read him… is to find one’s way home… to everything within us that is fundamental and sane. —Thomas Mann
In early nineteenth-century Russia, the threat of Napoleon’s invasion looms, and the lives of millions are about to be changed forever. This includes Pierre Bezúkhov, illegitimate son of an aristocrat; Andrew Bolkónski, ambitious military scion; and Natásha Rostóva, compassionate daughter of a nobleman. All of them are unprepared for what lies ahead. Alongside their fellow compatriots—a catalog of enduring literary characters—Pierre, Andrew, and Natásha will be irrevocably torn between fate and free will.
Through the bonds of love and family, and all that can break them, Tolstoy examines the effects of war on every strata of society in his masterwork of intimate—and epic—social history.
Revised edition: Previously published as War and Peace, this edition of War and Peace (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Beautiful, popular, and fortunate, Anna Karenina is an upright wife and mother. But her passionless marriage to a senior statesman leads her into the arms of Count Alexey Vronsky. The dashing cavalry officer stokes in her something exciting and defiant. In abandoning the rules of her noble station, she’s aware of the risks: a degraded reputation and the hostile recriminations of St. Petersburg society. But there are even greater stakes as Anna follows desires both romantic and carnal, emancipating and destructive.
The embodiment of the clash between Russia’s old-world tradition and its liberal reform, Leo Tolstoy’s willful heroine remains one of the most notorious and tragic in all of world literature.
Revised edition: Previously published as Anna Karenina, this edition of Anna Karenina (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.