Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, which was published in serial installments from 1875 to 1877. Considered by many to be among the greatest literature ever written, Anna Karenina is set in nineteenth-century Russia. The story concerns Anna Karenina's rejection of her marriage for an affair with Count Vronsky, and the devastating results of their relationship.[1]

Many parts of the story were directly inspired by Tolstoy's own experiences, lending to the vivid realism of the novel. Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina the only "real" novel he had ever written, his greatest accomplishment.[2]

The novel begins with one of the most notable and well regarded sentences in literature: All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”


  1. Anna Karenina, Penguin Classics Deluxe edition