Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – a literature masterpiece

Did you know that more than five million Americans belong to a book club?  How amazing is that!

anna kareninaWhen Oprah Winfrey in 2004 named a specific translation of the Tolstoy classic, Anna Karenina to her book club list, immediately its print run increased by 800,000. I have my own copy of this masterpiece, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. This translation was acclaimed as the definitive English version of Anna Karenina, well deserved praise indeed.

While on a recent visit to St Petersburg with my husband, I was fascinated by the culture and history of Russia which lends itself to stories of great tragedy and passion.

While visiting Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof Park and the famous Hermitage Museum I was transported into the world of Officer Count Vronsky, Levin and Anna.

I never tire of reading the novel Anna Karenina, the story is filled with complex family lives and passionate, strong characters.

Do any of you feel this connection with the characters in Tolstoy and other great authors work? Let’s chat about it via Twitter or Facebook !

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