Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy


Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy


The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of one of the greatest Russian novels ever written, soon to be a film adapted by Tom Stoppard and starring Kiera Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, and Emily Watson

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 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.
While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality 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.

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  1. Avatar Xenothaulus says:

    It took me 14 years to read this book. I tried it when I was a kid, but just had no frame of reference. As a teenager, I tried again, and I made it maybe 1/3 through before giving up. Then, in my 20s, I picked it up a third time, and finally it clicked. It is one of my favorite classics, and I am looking forward to the new movie adaptation.

    1. I’m Tolstoy deficient. Read Solzhenitsyn in high school, though he certainly doesn’t compare. Having read some Polish and Russian sci-fi I’m of the opinion that the quality of the translation is crucial… and I’ll almost certainly see the film before I read the book!

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