Anna Karenina is Tolstoy's classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life."
What Scott Turow says
The imagined world of ‘Anna Karenina’ feels more human, more real and deeper than any other novel I know. It’s an immense, amazing achievement. When you open Tolstoy, there’s an observation about life on almost every page that’s heart-stopping.