I like the delicateness and femininity of (A) offset by the boldness of the black stripe on the bodice. The fact that without a face the woman depicted can be any of the female characters is also quite mysterious.
I think (B) is actually a very clever classics cover. Not sure if you can see it on this picture but it actually shows phrases in both English and Russian in an arty way on the cover. Some of the phrases (the English ones, sorry I can’t read Russian) are ‘I love him’, ‘I hate you’, ‘I am his mistress’, ‘I’m afraid of you’, ‘Do what you like with me…‘ – very evocative.
(C) is quite modern looking with the bold black border framing at first what seems like quite an abstract image. On closer inspection it is a painting of a man and woman in a passionate embrace on a lounge, neither face visible.
(D) is very beautiful and probably sells really well – it is very Oprah!
I think (E) conveys the mood of the novel really well – the haughty yet perhaps philosophical look on the woman is great.
(F) is again a really appealing cover from it’s colouring to the layering of imagery and text. Vintage always do great covers.
The most modern of all is (G) in my opinion. Again, appealing and stylish colour tones. The woman certainly gives a self confident air about her, but perhaps a little too skinny for a Russian lady of that time and place?? (ooh, booh, hiss!)
(H) is just a little too boring for my liking I’m afraid. Simply does not convey the grandness of the novel.
The beauty, elegance and decadence of the nobility during that era is depicted well in (I).
And (K), well really, what’s going on there? Is that meant to be a ‘come hither look’ or has she just fainted and is waiting to receive a needle in her arm from a doctor???