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Book Report/Review sample - The comparison of death in literature
Pages 6 (1506 words)
In his remarkably complex novel "Anna Karenina", Tolstoy has interwoven the theme of death in life as it occcurs in our everyday existence, where we meet death at several moments, in our powerlessness against mortality,our fear when faced with it, and the acts of those wilfully inviting death…
It is described with the same straight face as the author's grandmother used to sport while telling the most fantastic or gruesome of tales, which was an inspiration for Marquez to write the novel.
One of the similarities that we immediately notice in the treatment of death in the two novels is death seen as an end to sin. The story behind the writing of Anna Karenina involved the following incident, described by his biographer Henri Troyat in "Tolstoy":
Suddenly [Tolstoy] had an illumination. He remembered an occurrence that had deeply affected him the previous year.  A neighbor and friend of his, Bibikov, the snipe hunter, lived with a woman named Anna Stepanovna Pirogova, a tall, full-blown woman with a broad face and an easy-going nature, who had become his mistress. But he had been neglecting her of late for his children's German governess. He had even made up his mind to marry the blond Fraulein. Learning of his treachery, Anna Stepanovna's jealousy burst all bounds; she ran away, carrying a bundle of clothes, and wandered about the countryside for three days, crazed with grief. Then she threw herself under a freight train at the Yasenki station. Before she died, she sent a note to Bibikov: "You are my murderer. Be happy, if an assassin can be happy. If you like, you can see my corpse on the rails at Yasenki." That was January 4, 1872. ...
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