The Anna Karenina Fix

The Anna Karenina Fix

Life Lessons from Russian Literature

Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Anna Karenina Fix written and read by Viv Groskop.


A literary self-help memoir about using the Russian Classics to find the answer to life's most important questions.

Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn't love you back enough (The Master and Margarita),or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov's work). This is a literary self-help memoir, with examples from the author's own life that reflect the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended, and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip, just like Natasha in War and Peace.

Reviews

  • Wonderfully entertaining, hilarious. Contains the distilled wisdom of some of the greatest writers who ever lived. Explored with dancing wit, affection and brilliance, this is a passionate, hilarious, joyful love letter to Russian literature.
    Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph

About the author

Viv Groskop

Viv Groskop is an award-winning writer, stand-up comedian, playwright and TV and radio presenter. She is the host of the podcast How Own the Room, with over 2 million downloads and guests including Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Margaret Atwood, Professor Mary Beard, Nigella Lawson and very occasionally a man like Brian Cox (Succession's Logan Roy).

Her previous books include How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking and Lift As You Climb: Women, Ambition and How to Change the Story. As a performance coach, she works with women and senior teams in business and media, helping them to redefine leadership and authority - and generally worry less about how they come across so they can actually just do their work.
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