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Russian Authors Bundle

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Canon Classics


"Anna Karenina is sheer perfection as a work of art. No European work of fiction of our present day comes anywhere near it.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The novel’s first words threaten to dissolve all 'happy families' into a sea of uninteresting sameness, while unhappy families are unique, intriguing, even romantic. But if the opening line is a universal truth, it is also a challenge Tolstoy sets himself: to shine light on the damnable tragedy that gives unhappiness its luster, and commend the unsung glories of an ordinary life." -From Sean Johnson's Introduction

Anna Karenina is the wife of a prestigious official, a devoted mother, and one of the handsomest ladies in the high society of St. Petersburg, Russia. She seems to have it all, but when she meets the dashingly handsome Count Vronsky, she makes fateful choices that will bring misery to everyone around her. This novel is brought to vivid life by the classic translation of Constance Garnett.

This Canon Classic is an exciting drama that shows us both the consequences of human sin and what true love looks like when the flames of passion die. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.

This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.

"Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading" -Virginia Woolf

The story begins with Raskolnikov poor, hungry, and wanting to kill the old lady who owns the local pawnshop. Drunks, a prostitute who fends for her family, policemen, and obsessive mothers complete the memorable cast of characters. Dostoevsky’s world-class novel about guilt and sin is comparable to a Macbeth or Hamlet , and is just as haunted by the possibility of Christian forgiveness. More than that, it ends with one of the most hopeful scenes in all modern literature.

This Canon Classic, translated by Constance Garnett, will make the reader bite his nails at one moment and make them laugh at another. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.

This edition does not feature a worldview guide or introduction.

"War & Peace is in my opinion the best novel—one which makes a novel really comparable to epic." -C.S. Lewis

"[T]he most impressive thing about Tolstoy's magnum opus is that over three hundred and sixty-three chapters and well over half a million words he not only crafts a compelling story, but presents a view of life deeper and more vivid than many authors ever dream of." -From Samuel Dickison's Introduction

It is Russia in 1805, and Napoleon is preparing to invade. Leo Tolstoy tells a masterful story that encompasses all of life—marriage, war, old age, birth, coming of age, and death. Tolstoy did not believe that history was caused by the actions of great men or by great forces, but by the innumerable actions of individuals. Here he chronicles the French invasion from the eyes of both the great man himself and of the many nameless whose lives were shaken by him.

This Canon Classic, translated by Tolstoy's friends the Maudes, is a profoundly moving story about the joys and fragility of life, and earns its place in the top tier of world literature. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.

This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.

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Geoff Johnson

Great lineup in the bundle. Perhaps it could be expanded to include Brothers K and Demons.

I might also consider adding a character list at the beginning of each book. I've read all of these previous to receiving this bundle and found that versions with the character listings are most helpful for Russian literature.