Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, this brilliantly witty and modern translation of Tolstoy's epic novel of love, destiny and self-destruction will allow you to grasp the notability of Tolstoy's characters and situations. This beautiful, clothbound edition tell the story of Anna Karenina, who seems to have it all --- beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. Even with all of this, her life seems empty, until she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their affair scandalizes both society and family, bringing jealousy and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this story is the story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and meaning to his life (a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself). Hardcover, 864 pages.