Literature

Reading Anna Karenina, Considering the Holocaust

I first encountered Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina as a young teenager, back in my native Belgrade in the late 1940s. At that time Anna’s love affair alone engaged my interest. The reading experience is very different now; I am engrossed in Tolstoy’s tale of human strengths and frailties that come to the fore as individuals are caught in, and struggle against, the constraints of their social settings, each in his or her own way, but all still captive to their backgrounds. For some, death is the final escape. After Anna has thrown herself under the train, her lover, Count Vronsky,…

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