Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude, with an introduction and notes by E.B. Greenwood,
University of Kent, Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines
of literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness
and density. Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel
form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels - of destiny, death,
human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends
tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding
joy in life's many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic relief.