The fourth post in a series in which we ask what book or writer our contributors have returned to again and again. Wright and his actors slipped out a side door, and the movie began. The sets are inventive and metafictional.
Many authors consider Anna Karenina the greatest work of literature ever written,  and Tolstoy himself called it his first true novel. It was initially released in serial installments from to in the periodical The Russian Messenger. A complex novel in eight parts, with more than a dozen major characters, it is spread over more than pages depending on the translationtypically contained in two volumes.
Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. Cheryl Mann. Praised by Fyodor Dostoevsky as "sheer perfection as a work of art" and prompting Ivan Turgenev to write a letter from his deathbed petitioning its author to keep writing, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has captivated readers with its story of passion and adultery since it first appeared as a magazine serial in the s.
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This essay returns to F. Leavis's essay on Anna Karenina as its point of departure, arguing that the novel is ultimately more tragic in its effect than Leavis allows. These related moments - Koznyshev's aborted proposal to Varenka, Anna's suicide and the death of Frou-Frou in the famous horse race — are at the heart of this essay's claim for the tragic status of Anna Karenina.
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There are several other film adaptations of the novel. While she tries to persuade her brother Stiva Reginald Owen from a life of debauchery, she becomes infatuated with dashing military officer Count Vronsky Fredric March. This indiscreet liaison ruins her marriage and position in 19th century Russian society; she is even prohibited from seeing her own son Sergei Freddie Bartholomewwith eventual dire results.
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Judith Armstrong does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Thus, in Anna Karenina, I loved the idea of the family.