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By Leo Tolstoy

Vladimir Nabokov known as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the best love tales in global literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it used to be now not a lot a piece of artwork as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a wealthy and intricate meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a strong executive minister, Anna Karenina is a gorgeous lady who falls deeply in love with a filthy rich military officer, the based count number Vronsky. wanting to locate fact and that means in her lifestyles, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to dwell along with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by way of her friends and liable to matches of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna reveals 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 established mostly on himself. whereas Anna seems for happiness via love, Levin embarks on his personal look for religious achievement via marriage, kin, and tough paintings. Surrounding those principal plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly, making a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

From its well-known starting sentence, "—“Happy households are all alike; each unsatisfied relatives is sad 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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Tolstoy viewed the mangled body as it was laid out at the station. Sometime later, Tolstoy picked up a volume of the prose of Russia舗s greatest poet, Aleksandr Pushkin, while searching through Pushkin舗s collected works to find something suitable to read aloud to his ten-year-old son. The two literary fragments he happened upon encapsulate the entire story of Anna Karenina. Tolstoy expressed himself as captivated by Pushkin舗s masterful use of the literary technique of in medias res舒that is, he plunges directly into the action without the lengthy introduction more usual for the novel form, in which family history, a description of the local setting, and a brief biography would generally precede the action.

Since Anna Karenina is a novel (indeed, English literary critic F. R. Leavis called it 舠the European novel舡) the focus on the family is part of a wider social critique. The family idea is both anxious and troubled, as the novel舗s opening sentence announces: 舠Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way舡 (p. 5). The novel opens with a domestic crisis in the Oblonsky family, but this is only a frame for or introduction to the more insidious destruction of the Karenin family and the eponymous heroine that constitutes the main narrative of the novel.

True to his divided nature, Tolstoy counterbalances these noble efforts with gambling binges and sexual escapades in St. 1853-1856Tolstoy fights in the Crimean War. He completes another novel, the sequel to Childhood, Boyhood (1854), and a collection of short fiction based on his wartime experience, Sevastopol Stories (1855-1856). Czar Alexander II, the writer Ivan Turgenev, and many other readers embrace Tolstoy as an important writer. 1857Tolstoy publishes the third novel in his trilogy, Youth.

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