From the Publisher

Considered “flawless” by Dostoyevsky and “the best ever written” by Faulkner, Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel Anna Karenina is one of the most enduring creative works of all time. Its dual protagonists, Anna Karenina and Konstantin Levin, face archetypical relationship and family quandaries: marriage, jealousy, anxiety, society, and parenting. Anna, a married aristocrat, is courted by Count Vronsky and falls out of love with her husband, Karenin. Although she initially rejects him, she soon gives in to his temptation, and becomes pregnant with his child. As their affair deepens, their relationship becomes unbalanced, and Anna’s jealousy and insecurity cripple her mentally. Meanwhile, Levin, a wealthy landowner who chooses the agrarian lifestyle on his estate over the urban life in Moscow, courts and finally wins the hand of Princess “Kitty” in marriage. Their marriage is happy but tumultuous, and Levin must confront the temptation of city life and conflicting emotions about the reality of bringing a child into the world. Revolutionary in its use of omniscient narration, stream of consciousness, and real, contemporary events to contextualize the story, Anna Karenina is, undoubtedly, a masterwork of fiction.

Topics: Russia, Psychological, Romantic, Tragic, Adultery, Suicide, Family, Moral Decay, Lust, Russian Author, Male Author, and 19th Century

Published: Archive Classics on
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Anna Karenina
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

TIME
2 min read

When Less Plot Is Actually More

AFTER WRITING SEVEN NOVELS AND three works of nonfiction, acclaimed British author Rachel Cusk began to find fiction “fake and embarrassing.” Two years ago, she explained to a British newspaper, “Once you have suffered sufficiently, the idea of making up John and Jane and having them do things together seems utterly ridiculous.” No surprise, then, that her 2014 novel Outline was anything but plot-driven. It was more like a series of observations by a narrator as she traveled to Greece to teach writing. The people she met along the way essentially became the subjects of miniature profiles craf
New York Magazine
2 min read

Our Book Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated

AGAINST EVERYTHING: ESSAYS SEPT. 6, BY MARK GREIF Following on the heels of last year’s ambitious, if somewhat clunkily titled The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973, Grief’s new book collects more than a decade’s worth of provocations from a founder of n+1. In it, he traces the arc of a young intellectual through the Bush and Obama administrations, from the gym to the ramparts. SUBSTITUTE: GOING TO SCHOOL WITH A THOUSAND KIDS SEPT. 6, BY NICHOLSON BAKER Baker is an obsessive with immense powers of observation, a strong social conscience, and, as those fam
TIME
1 min read

Crimes of the Heart

S.B. Like many of his novels, Spanish author Javier Marías’ new book, Thus Bad Begins, isn’t exactly a mystery, though it is mysterious. Here, the 65-year-old perennial Nobel favorite tells the story of Juan de Vere, a young man working for a film director, Eduardo Muriel. The older man assigns his apprentice the task of finding out a secret about a longtime friend. Meanwhile, de Vere is intrigued by the cold relationship between Muriel and his depressed wife Beatriz—at some point in their past, she did something unforgivable, also a secret, and de Vere wants to find out what. Marías (The In