Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy that was first published in its complete form in 1878 after having been published in installments between 1875 and 1877. Believed by many critics to be among the the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina examines social change in 19th-century Imperial Russia, the blessings of family life, and the philosophical value of farming as it describes the hopeless triangle of its heroine, Anna, her husband, and her lover.


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