Is Anna Karenina good

Anna Karenina

Books that were written a long time ago but are still read and considered important today are called "classics". The book Anna Karenina by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is such a typical classic, it was written in the 19th century and is still popular today. So much so that it has just been newly translated into German, and this translation makes this already great book even better!

The first movement in Anna Karenina is one of the most famous first movements in world literature, and isn't that surprising either? what a phrase: all happy families are similar to each other, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. You can think about it for a long time, and you can already sense that it's less about happiness than about the unhappiness in Anna Karenina. It is no coincidence that the novel is considered one of the saddest love stories of all.

The beautiful Anna Karenina and the dashing officer Wronksi meet and fall in love, nothing can stop this elemental force. But Anna has not only been married for eight years, she also has a son. Should she divorce her husband and leave her son behind? The question arises as to how happy a togetherness can be that is based on such a misfortune.

But of course there is much more to this book than that. For example, about the decadent and unjust Russia of the 19th century, about the hollow life of the rich aristocratic upper class and about the hard life of the lower class. Topics that Leo Tolstoy dealt with repeatedly in his writings.

And last but not least, Anna Karenina is simply written fantastically. Unfortunately, I cannot judge how it is in the original in Russian, but in the new translation by Rosemarie Tietze, Tolstoy's language sounds light, elegant and beautiful. It's one of those books that you wish you couldn't stop. And that's the positive news: at least it takes a long time to get through Anna Karenina. The book is a whopping 1300 pages.

Anna Karenina

Lev Tolstoy
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Hanser fiction
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