By Leo Tolstoy

Vladimir Nabokov referred to as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the best love tales in international literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was once now not loads a piece of artwork as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a wealthy and complicated meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a robust executive minister, Anna Karenina is a gorgeous girl who falls deeply in love with a filthy rich military officer, the dependent count number Vronsky. eager to locate fact and that means in her existence, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to dwell along with her lover. Condemned and ostracized through her friends and liable to matches of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna unearths herself not able to flee an more and more hopeless situation.

Set by contrast tragic affair is the tale of Konstantin Levin, a depression landowner whom Tolstoy dependent principally on himself. whereas Anna appears to be like for happiness via love, Levin embarks on his personal look for religious success via marriage, kin, and difficult paintings. Surrounding those crucial plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly, making a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

From its recognized commencing sentence, "—“Happy households are all alike; each unsatisfied relatives is gloomy in its personal way,”— to its stunningly tragic end, this enduring story of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.

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His strongly held opinions about family life met with resistance from his wife, most notoriously in the matter of breastfeeding and child rearing. Bouts of illness and depression, difficulties in estate management, and the illness of his wife and children were constant drains on his equanimity. In addition, his sister舗s marriage was failing and Leo became involved in the divorce negotiations; his familiarity with the legal aspects of divorce and custody and his firsthand experience with his sister舗s difficulties most certainly informed his treatment of these subjects in Anna Karenina.

He complained. His distress in the creative process was considerable; he even canceled the first printing in order to start over from scratch, although he was forced to assume the publication costs for the aborted production himself. The literary fragments by Pushkin that inspired Tolstoy to sit down and begin writing Anna Karenina were sketches for a novel about an adulteress who is ultimately cast off by her lover and society. The plot of adulterous love, the story of a doomed impossible passion, is common in Western European literature and typically creates a narrative that links love and death.

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