As Viv Groskop knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened to a person has already happened in the Russian classics: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina), to being hopelessly in love with someone who doesn’t love you back (Turgenev’s A Month in the Country), or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov’s work). In The Anna Karenina Fix, a sort of literary self-help memoir, Groskop mines these and other works, as well as the lives of their celebrated creators, and her own experiences as a student of Russian, to answer the question “How should you live your life?” This is a charming and fiercely intelligent book, a love letter to Russian literature and an exploration of the answers these writers found to life’s questions.
About the Author
Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. She writes for the Guardian, Observer, and Financial Times and has a weekly column in the New European. She lives in London.
“[Groskop is] a delight, a reader’s reader whose professional and personal experiences have allowed her to write the kind of book that not only is complete unto itself, but makes you want to head to the library and revisit or discover the great works she loves.”
— The Washington Post
“For anyone intimidated by Russia’s daunting literary heritage, this humorous yet thoughtful introduction will serve as the perfect entrée. Journalist and comedian Groskop skillfully interweaves her personal obsession with life lessons from the country’s great authors…Most of all, she advocates reading for fun, and of oneself—a life lesson, indeed.”
— Publishers Weekly
— The Observer
“This wonderfully entertaining book is a passionate, hilarious, joyful love letter to Russian literature.”
— Allison Pearson
"Everyone's happiness project looks different, and for Viv Groskop, reading great works of Russian literature held the key to a happier life. In this hilarious, candid, and thought-provoking memoir, she explains how she used lessons from Russian classics to understand herself better and to create the life she wanted.”
— Gretchen Rubin
"A beguiling tasting menu of some of the finest reading experiences of my life. Witty, likeable, and lighthearted, Viv Groskop invites us to embrace the work of these august Russian dead souls as belonging to us all.”
— Lionel Shriver
“Funny, clever and joyful. I loved this book.”
— Nina Stibbe
"Learn how to hack life 19th-century Russian style! You'll totally be like Anna Karenina without getting (spoiler alert) run over by a train!"
— Gary Shteyngart