With 'Anna Karenina', the psychological novel of the nineteenth century reached its peak.
Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, 'Anna Karenina' provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature.
Anna Karenina has beauty, marriage, wealth, social position and an adored son, but her existence is empty. When she meets the dashing officer Count Vronsky she becomes infatuated and turns to him to fulfil her passionate nature - with tragic results.
Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author's own views and convictions. Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, inviting us not to judge but to watch. 'Anna Karenina' is both an immortal drama of personal conflict and social scandal and a vivid panorama of nineteenth-century Russia.