Review: Anna Karenina: The Rehearsal of Tolstoy’s Masterpiece

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina. As many as his maker, Anna Karenina a great holy book. It’s a great fantasy novel; a great social tourism; a philosophical treatise on moral relativism and the limits of reason. But it is rambling and repetitive and raw, although the weakness of the construction doubles as a great strength … Read more

The Other Citizen Politics of ‘Anna Karenina’

Less than two weeks after election day, it’s easy to look at Tolstoy’s latest adaptation by Joe Wright and be reminded of today’s issues of class and advertising. Features Two historical dramas to hit theaters since election night, Steven Spielberg Lincoln there’s more to talk about this year’s campaign. But Anna Karenina, directed by Joe … Read more

A Forgotten “Anna Karenina” Tolstoy

The second annual “Anna Karenina” adaptation—and the better of the two—opens today (which is directed by Joe Wright and Keira Knightley). The best, by far, came out in the spring, under the title “The Deep Blue Sea,” and had nothing to do with Tolstoy. It was directed by Terence Davies, stars Rachel Weisz, and was … Read more

Anna Karenina: Read the Book, Watch the Movie

Tolstoy’s epic story delights the humanity of its characters. Alas, that character was lost in screen translation. For the holidays, buy something you love Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina. Don’t settle for silver and bronze – or modern day dirt – when you can give up pure gold. Don’t go to Anna Kareninacurrent movie, hoping you … Read more

Rosamund Bartlett’s translation of ‘Anna Karenina’ – Chicago Tribune

All good translators are the same, each specific translator is an expert in his own way. In her new translation of “Anna Karenina,” Rosamund Bartlett — a scholar of Russian literature and music history, translator of 19th-century Russian texts, and Tolstoy’s biographer — tries to separate the division between the two types of translation is … Read more

Mary Gaitskill in ‘Anna Karenina’ and the key to writing good things

By Heart is a series where authors share and discuss their favorite passages of all time in literature. See contributions from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLean When we talk about people – friends, lovers, public figures – they seem to have personalities. “He doesn’t do that,” we … Read more