Anna Karenina is a powerful meditation on love and marriage, envy and retribution, and the desire for happiness.
Considered one of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina is the story of Anna, her marriage to Karenin, a high-ranking government minister, and her affair with Vronsky, a wealthy and charismatic military officer. This impossible and destructive triangle is set against the courtship and marriage of Levin, a melancholy landowner, and Kitty, a beautiful young woman was also initially sought after by Vronsky. While Anna looks for happiness through love—rashly defying the conventions of Russian society by leaving her husband and son to live with her lover, which finds her condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky—Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, making Anna Karenina a breathtaking overview of nineteenth-century Russian society.
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Leo Tolstoy grew up in Russia, raised by a elderly aunt and educated by French tutors while studying at Kazen University before giving up on his education and volunteering for military duty. When writing his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy drew upon his diaries for material. At eighty-two, while away from home, he suffered from declining health and died in Astapovo, Riazan in 1910.
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