37 Facts About Anna Karenina


Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in book form in 1878.

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Complex novel in eight parts, with more than a dozen major characters, Anna Karenina is spread over more than 800 pages, typically contained in two volumes.

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The story centers on an extramarital affair between Anna Karenina and dashing cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg and forces the young lovers to flee to Italy in a search for happiness, but after they return to Russia, their lives further unravel.

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Anna Karenina consists of more than the story of Anna Karenina, a married socialite, and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky, though their relationship is a very strong component of the plot.

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Anna Karenina discovers that Kitty is being pursued by Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, an army cavalry officer.

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At the ball Kitty expects to hear something definitive from Vronsky, but he dances with Anna Karenina instead, choosing her as a partner over a shocked and heartbroken Kitty.

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Kitty realizes that Vronsky has fallen in love with Anna Karenina and has no intention of marrying her, despite his overt flirtations.

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Anna Karenina refuses him, although she is affected by his attentions.

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In St Petersburg, Anna Karenina begins to spend more time in the inner circle of Princess Elizaveta, a fashionable socialite and Vronsky's cousin.

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Anna Karenina is concerned about the couple's public image, although he mistakenly believes that Anna is above suspicion.

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Anna Karenina is unable to hide her distress during the accident.

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Anna Karenina wrestles with the idea of falseness, wondering how he should go about ridding himself of it, and criticising what he feels is falseness in others.

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Anna Karenina develops ideas relating to agriculture, and the unique relationship between the agricultural labourer and his native land and culture.

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Anna Karenina comes to believe that the agricultural reforms of Europe will not work in Russia because of the unique culture and personality of the Russian peasant.

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Karenin changes his plans after hearing that Anna Karenina is dying after the difficult birth of her daughter, Annie.

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Whilst Anna Karenina is happy to be finally alone with Vronsky, he feels suffocated.

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Vronsky, who believed that being with Anna Karenina was the key to his happiness, finds himself increasingly bored and unsatisfied.

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Anna Karenina takes up painting and makes an attempt to patronize an emigre Russian artist of genius.

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Anna Karenina starts to become anxious that Vronsky no longer loves her.

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Anna Karenina's advises him to keep Seryozha away from Anna and to tell him his mother is dead.

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At the theatre, Anna Karenina is openly snubbed by her former friends, one of whom makes a deliberate scene and leaves the theatre.

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Anna Karenina becomes extremely jealous when one of the visitors, Veslovsky, flirts openly with the pregnant Kitty.

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When Dolly visits Anna Karenina, she is struck by the difference between Kostya and Kitty's aristocratic-yet-simple home life and Vronsky's overtly luxurious and lavish country estate.

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Anna Karenina's is unable to keep pace with Anna's fashionable dresses or Vronsky's extravagant spending on a hospital he is building.

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Anna Karenina has become intensely jealous of Vronsky and cannot bear when he leaves her, even for short excursions.

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When Vronsky leaves for several days of provincial elections, Anna Karenina becomes convinced that she must marry him to prevent him from leaving her.

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Anna Karenina accompanies Stiva to a gentleman's club, where the two meet Vronsky.

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Kostya and Stiva pay a visit to Anna Karenina, who is occupying her empty days by being a patroness to an orphaned English girl.

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Anna Karenina cannot understand why she can attract a man like Kostya, who has a young and beautiful new wife, but can no longer attract Vronsky.

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Anna Karenina uses morphine to help her sleep, a habit she began while living with Vronsky at his country estate.

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Anna Karenina becomes increasingly jealous and irrational towards Vronsky, whom she suspects of having love affairs with other women.

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Anna Karenina's is convinced that he will give in to his mother's plans to marry him off to a rich society woman.

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Anna Karenina's starts to think of suicide as an escape from her torments.

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Anna Karenina realizes that one must decide for oneself what is acceptable concerning one's own faith and beliefs.

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Anna Karenina chooses not to tell Kitty of the change that he has undergone.

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Tolstoy's style in Anna Karenina is considered by many critics to be transitional, forming a bridge between the realist and modernist novel.

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Anna Karenina is commonly thought to explore the themes of hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society, progress, carnal desire and passion, and the agrarian connection to land in contrast to the lifestyles of the city.

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