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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy's most personal novel, Anna Karenina scrutinizes fundamental ethical and theological questions through the tragic story of its eponymous heroine. Anna is desperately pursuing a good, moral" life, standing for honesty and sincerity. Passion drives her to adultery, and this flies in the face of the corrupt Russian bourgeoisie. Meanwhile, the aristocrat Konstantin Levin is struggling to reconcile reason with passion, espousing a Christian anarchism that Tolstoy himself believedin.

Acclaimed by critics and readers alike, Anna Karenina presents a poignant blend of realism and lyricism that makes it one of the most perfect, enduring novels of all time.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of Russia's greatest novelists and a social dramatist who rejected his upbringing as a member of the nobility. He regarded the theatre in particular as a means of education the populace away from the moral degeneracy, brought about by the squalor of Russian peasant life. Jenny Hughes is a lecturer in Applied Theatre at the University of Manchester and a Director of the Centre for Applied Theatre Research. She has worked as a practitioner in the criminal justice and special education system in the UK and as a researcher for In Place of War, with particular focus on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland.