Anna Karenina seems to have everything ' beauty, wealth, popularity, a husband and an adored son. But she risks losing it all when she meets the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Although she tries to resist, Anna is gradually drawn into a passionate, all-consuming affair that scandalizes everyone around them and threatens to destroy her.
'The greatest love affair ever written ... and Anna is the most magnificent of heroines' Guardian
Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, and educated privately. He studied Oriental languages and law at the University of Kazan, then led a life of pleasure until 1851 when he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus. He took part in the Crimean War and after the defence of Sebastopol he wrote The Sebastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his reputation. After a period in St Petersburg and abroad, where he studied educational methods for use in his school for peasant children in Yasnaya Polyana, he married Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862. The next fifteen years was a period of great happiness; they had thirteen children, and Tolstoy managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). He died in 1910.
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