Devoted readers of Tolstoy, and there are a great many of them, would find it hard to say which of his two great novels is their particular favourite. They are very different from each other, although neither could have been written by anyone else. Tolstoy himself always claimed that War and Peace was not a novel at all, ‘as the west understand the term’, but a form unique to himself, and only possible in Russia; whereas Anna Karenina he described to a friend as ‘this novel, the first I have attempted . . .’ Later in his long life claimed that neither had any value, because all that mattered was God and the Truth, and the search to find them. But there is some irony in the fact that Tolstoy’s later parables and polemical works are not much read today, whereas his two great novels – if for convenience we can agree to call them that – remain as popular as ever.
Tolstoy began to write Anna Karenina between four and five yours after the completion and publication of War and Peace, and he began it, as he claimed, partly as a result of an accident. A woman threw himself under a train near his country estate of Yasnaya Polyana, and Tolstoy was involved in the subsequent inquiry. Jealousy and an unhappy love affair were involved, and led Tolstoy to reflect very seriously on the role of love and marriage in society. Then one evening he happened to be reading to his children a story by Pushkin, and was filled with admiration at the terseness and simplicity of its opening. ‘That is how one should write’, he exclaimed, and the famous beginning of Anna Karenina may well have been suggested by that moment.
جهت استعلام قيمت و سفارش چاپ اين محصول لطفا با انتشارات گنج حضور تماس حاصل فرماييد