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Anna Karenina (Maude Translation) (Carefully Crafted Classics® Book 1)

Anna Karenina (Maude Translation) (Carefully Crafted Classics® Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , Louise and Aylmer Maude
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Description

This beautiful edition of Anna Karenina is worthy of a great literary classic. If you are tired of inferior translations, poor formatting, and typos, then this is the edition for you!

Carefully Crafted Classics strives to publish the electronic equivalent of the finest print editions. Our editions are attractively formatted and painstakingly proofread with attention to the smallest details. We aim to be the luxury line of e-publishing at a modest price.

We are pleased to offer Anna Karenina, called by William Faulkner the best novel ever written, in the excellent translation by Louise and Aylmer Maude (1918). Almost all of the other English language Kindle editions of Anna Karenina use the faulty, unrevised translation by Constance Garnett (1901) (and some do not even name Garnett as the translator). The Maude translation is also used in notable print editions, including the Oxford World's Classics and Everyman's Library editions and (in somewhat revised form) the Norton Critical Edition.

Praise for the Maude Translation of Anna Karenina

From Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English. Classe, Olive (Ed.). Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000. Vol. 2, 1405-1406:

"None of the early translations of Anna Karenina is acceptable [including the unrevised Garnett (1901)]. The appearance of the Maude version (1918) represents a turning point . . . . Louise and Aylmer Maude knew Tolstoy's pre-revolutionary Russia; she was born and educated there, and he spent many years in Moscow. They knew Tolstoy personally and had the benefit of consultation with him and his approval of their translations."

This edition includes:

Leo Tolstoy: Life in Images |
Leo Tolstoy: A Short Biography |
Preface to the Maude Translation |
Selected Characters in Groups |
Selected Characters in Alphabetical Order |
Characters in Order of Appearance |
Russian Words |
The Text of Anna Karenina with active table of contents and 5-way controller navigation for all parts and chapters |

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A captivating classic such as Anna Karenina is worth the time you will devote to reading it. Isn't it also worth a small price to enjoy that time with a truly high quality edition? For less than half the price of a paperback or a movie ticket, you can have the very best. We know you can buy cheaper editions or even get the classics for free, but a great deal is getting more than you paid for and being happy with what you got, and we will give you that!

Please note the following differences between the free sample and the full book:

In the Go to... menu of the free sample, the table of contents button is grayed out and cannot be selected, but the table of contents is available from the Go to... menu in the full book.

Navigation from chapter to chapter using the 5-way controller is not available in the free sample but is available in the full book.

Images in the free sample are zoomed to full screen on some devices, so the caption does not display with the image, rather on the following page. In the full book, the caption displays with the image (or at least the first portion of the caption, depending on the text size selected by the reader).

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Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.

He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote The Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. After leaving the army in 1856 Tolstoy spent some time mixing with the literati in St Petersburg before travelling abroad and then settling at Yasnaya Polyana, where he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs. His marriage to Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862 marked the beginning of a period of contentment centred around family life; they had thirteen children. Tolstoy managed his vast estates, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote both his great novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

During the 1870s he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that had always dogged him coming to the fore. A Confession (1879-82) marked an outward change in his life and works; he became an extreme rationalist and moralist, and in a series of pamphlets written after 1880 he rejected church and state, indicted the demands of flesh, and denounced private property. His teachings earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad, and also led finally to his excommunication by the Russian Holy Synod in 1901. In 1910 at the age of eighty-two he fled from home 'leaving this worldly life in order to live out my last days in peace and solitude'; dying some days later at the station master's house at Astapovo.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent version 20 Aug 2012
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I did try a cheaper kindle version of this book and the translation just wasn't very good - a bit disjointed. I then opted for this version (the Maude Translation) and it is far superior. I would recommend this kindle version. The book itself is just brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! 18 Aug 2012
By MarjaMJ
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Anna Karenina is the perfect novel! Everything in it, characters, plot, description of Russian society and mores and morals of the age are polished and alive. Even the mundaneity of Levin and Karenin have their attractions, because such characters are part of reality and form a backdrop for the tragic as well as happy events. The story of Anna's decent to despair, the dullness of her marriage to Karenin, her search for romantic love from Vronsky as an antidote to her bureaucratic husband's solid but cold love is still the best psychological novel ever written. Tolstoy empoyes innovative methods in his writing including the stream of consciousness passages of Anna's final moments, I think in a way much superior to anything James Joyce ever achieved! The story is timeless an I hope that the new film of the book will make more people read this masterpiece of world literature and love it. This novel was one of the main reasons why I went on to study Russian for my degree. This is an excellent translation, so enjoy the best of literature, even if you don't read Russian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 17 Nov 2012
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This translation reads really nicely in English. I was surprised that it flows so well for an older book not originally written in English. Interesting story it's keeping my attention it's not a particular effort to read. Great value for so much story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 15 Nov 2012
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This is a lively translation which keeps you turning the pages despite the inordinate length of the book. I have meant to read Anna Karenina for years, and now I am glad I chose the Maude translation, as others I have looked at make the book seem pretty dry. It is a good story and the descriptions of life in Russia at that time are very interesting - in particular Levin's relationship with the peasants who work on his farm.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine 7 Jun 2012
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ThAnna Karenina (Maude Translation) (Carefully Crafted Classics) This is actually the Maude translation and it does use British English. Its amazing how many cheaper editions have the name of a famous translation on them but are something else. This one is genuine and the pictures are nice. The formatting is good. Well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina (Maud Translation) by Leo Tolstoy. 20 Aug 2013
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It is a very interesting book. Yes, a very good classic. I enjoyed reading it and
got so occupied I neglected my housework.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not easy 21 April 2013
By Laine
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I found the language in this very difficult and have bought a more modern translation - shame because the detailed information about Tolstoy was really interesting so possibly worth it just for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever read 29 Mar 2013
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I would recommend anybody to read this book. If you have no knowledge of the book it will not be as you expect. Give it a go you will not regret it!!
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A great classic novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge read
I was not used to reading such a complex and lengthy book. I persevered and was glad I did but will not read it again.
Published 4 months ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars did not complete it .
I'm afraid I like books which I can understand ( the easy to read books ) as I am 85 yrs. old and ,I must confess,not as "quick " as I used to be .
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1.0 out of 5 stars great story shame about the translation
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Disappointed, it was highly recommended but unfortunately not to my taste. I just couldn't warm to the heroine at all
Published 22 months ago by C. Newsome
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing story
Oh, I saw the film and loved it so thought I'd introduce a bit of culture into my life and read the book on my Kindle. The first down side I've noticed with Kindle. Read more
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