The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature by Viv Groskop

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Pushkin House Staff Picks (January 2022)

‘Russian literature has always been present in my life: from being mesmerised by the immaculately illustrated Pushkin’s fairy tales to becoming the last generation in Bulgaria who were taught Russian at school. It then evolved into a much deeper appreciation while studying Slavic philology and philosophy during the seven years I lived in Moscow.

Reading The Anna Karenina Fix by Viv Groskop over Christmas felt like an immersive grand tour of the giants of Russian literature. A fun, reaffirming account of how to appreciate the Russian classics. Light and packed with amazing facts that not many know and a reminder that above all the Russian classics are universally human and can be approached by anyone.’

Preslava Fentham-Fletcher, Head of Development at Pushkin House

What should I do with my life? What if my love is not returned? Why do bad things happen? The answers to some of life's biggest questions are found not in trite self-help manuals but in the tough-love lessons explored in Russian literature. Here, Viv Groskop delves into the novels of history's deepest thinkers to discover enduring truths about how we should live.

Whether you're new to the Russian classics or returning to old favourites, The Anna Karenina Fix will help salve your heartache by exploring the torments of a host of famous and infamous literary heroes and heroines. Think of it like this: they have suffered so that you don't have to . 

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