Anna Karenina Author:Leo Tolstoy One of Russia's greatest love stories. Anna Karenina has been characterized in many ways -- a panorama of Russian life...social criticism...social history...idealistic philosophy...the best novel ever written on the subject of love. The critic and scholar Thomas Uzzell in 'The Technique of the Novel' refers to it as "the greates... more »t triangle story in fiction."
Tolstoy's great book is all of these, of course, and much more. 'Anna Karenina' deals masterfully with one of the most provocative of themes: the agonizing dilemma of a loveless marriage that leads to an illicit romance. First published serially in a magazine from 1875 to 1877, this story found an appreciative audience in Russia and created a sensation in Paris, then the literary and cultured capital of the world. The reason for its immediate and continuing popularity lies in Tolstoy's brilliant characterization of Anna, a woman of deep affections and personal honesty who is beset by fears and uncertainties in a difficult situation. Her conflicting loves and how she deals with them have absorbed countless readers.« less