Author(s): Tolstoy, Leo,
Date of Publication: 04/02/2010,
Pagination: 992 pages,
Imprint: Vintage Classics,
Published By: Vintage
Book Classification: Classic fiction, Fiction in translation
Anna Karenina is a novel of unparalleled richness and complexity, set against the backdrop of Russian high society.
Tolstoy charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer who pursues Anna after becoming infatuated with her at a ball. Although she initially resists his charms Anna eventually succumbs, falling passionately in love and setting in motion a chain of events that lead to her downfall.
In this extraordinary novel Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, while evoking a love so strong that those who experience it are prepared to die for it.