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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to suffer the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an enormous and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, enjoying out the contrasts of urban and state existence and the entire adaptations on love and relations happiness. whereas prior models have softened the powerful, and occasionally surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation precise to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative variation additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. attractive, full of life, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina can be the definitive textual content for generations to return.

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Am I to go, Mr. " he asked. "Oh, please don't, Lord Henry. I see that Basil is in one of his sulky moods, and I can't bear him when he sulks. " "I don't know that I shall tell you that, Mr. Gray. It is so tedious a subject that one would have to talk seriously about it. But I certainly shall not run away, now that you have asked me to stop. You don't really mind, Basil, do you? " Hallward bit his lip. "If Dorian wishes it, of course you must stay. " Lord Henry took up his hat and gloves. "You are very pressing, Basil, but I am afraid I must go.

The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one's life. " "Not at all," answered Lord Henry, "not at all, my dear Basil. You seem to forget that I am married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. I never know where my wife is, and my wife never knows what I am doing.

I want you to explain to me why you won't exhibit Dorian Gray's picture. " "No, you did not. You said it was because there was too much of yourself in it. " "Harry," said Basil Hallward, looking him straight in the face, "every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. " Lord Henry laughed.

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