Anna Karenina is widely considered to be one of Leo Tolstoy’s best works. Essentially a tragic love story, Anna Karenina tells the story of the rebellious and beautiful Anna and her passionate affair with Count Vronsky.
Anna’s heartbreaking story unfolds against the colorful backdrop of 19th-century Russia, amid a hypercritical and unforgiving society that will never accept her for who she really is. Longing for passion, Anna indulges in a harmless affair. When the relationship turns serious, she makes the fateful decision to abandon her loveless marriage, but in an era when such things are unheard of, will the consequence of choosing her heart’s desire bring disaster?
Anna Karenina was first published as a serial in the periodical The Russian Messenger from 1873 to 1877. Due to a political disagreement between Tolstoy and the editor, the final installment was not released until 1878 when it was compiled into a book.