Summary Of The Book Anna Karenina tells the story of a woman of the same name and her affair with a wealthy army officer. The story is set in 19th century Russia and simultaneously describes the lives of two aristocratic families from that era.
The book’s central themes are fidelity, jealousy, hypocrisy, lust, marriage and society. It begins with Anna’s brother, a Moscow aristocrat and civil servant, and the turmoil he causes in his own married life by being unfaithful to his wife. These themes are carried through the rest of the book as it describes the protagonist’s illicit relationship with Count Vronsky and the damage it causes to her life as she is condemned by society.
In parallel, we also take a peek into the life of Konstantin Levin, a Russian aristocrat. Levin is interested in marrying Kitty, the sister-in-law of Anna’s brother and an initial love interest of Vronsky’s. The book highlights his struggles as well as the life he leads on his personal estate.
The lives of the two central characters reflect the inherent consequences of city life and Tolstoy’s personal views. In fact, Levin is considered to be a take on Leo Tolstoy himself.
The novel has enjoyed popularity since the 20th century, after its first ever movie adaptation named Anna Karenine, which was directed by writer and director Maurice André Maître was released. There have been numerous other adaptations as well, including the 2012 film starring Jude Law and Keira Knightley.
A recent poll, that appeared in Time Magazine in 2007, which collated the opinions of 125 of the most popular authors in the world, declared Anna Karenina the greatest novel that’s ever been written.
About Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy has been touted as one of the greatest novelists of all time. His genre of choice was realistic fiction and he is known for reflecting his strong moral views in his novels.
Some of Tolstoy’s most popular novels include War and Peace, Sevastopol Sketches and a trilogy consisting of the books Childhood, Boyhood and Youth.
Tolstoy’s works have been hallmark of realism and he believed in using realistic circumstances and characters to convey philosophical principles. Many have appreciated his crisp style of storytelling and the way in which he offered insights into human nature in general. He was also firmly against traditional climaxes that have been a common trait of novels in general. An example of this is his popular novel War and Peace, as it begins during a conversation and ends with an unfinished sentence. His works are attempts to realistically convey Russian society and the state that it was in, during his life
Tolstoy was a citizen of Russia and was born in the year 1828. Other than being a renowned author of novels, novellas and short stories, he also served as a second lieutenant in the Crimean War. Later in his life, Tolstoy developed radically anarchist views and abandoned all his wealth and property shortly before his death in the year 1910.
লিও টলস্টয় (২৮শে আগস্ট,১৮২৮ - ২০শে নভেম্বর, ১৯১০) একজন খ্যাতিমান রুশ লেখক। তাকে রুশ সাহিত্যের অন্যতম শ্রেষ্ঠ লেখক, এমনকি বিশ্ব সাহিত্যের অন্যতম শ্রেষ্ঠ ঔপন্যাসিক হিসেবেও বিবেচনা করা হয়। তার দুইটি অনবদ্য উপন্যাস যুদ্ধ ও শান্তি (ইংরেজি War and Peace; রচনাকাল ১৮৬৩-১৮৬৯) এবং আন্না কারেনিনা ( রচনাকাল ১৮৭৫-১৮৭৭)। টলস্টয়-এর জন্ম তুলা প্রদেশের ইয়াস্নায়া পলিয়ানা নামক জায়গায়। তিনি ছিলেন পরিবারের চতুর্থ সন্তান। শিশু বয়সে তার বাবা মা মারা যান এবং আত্মীয় স্বজনরাই তাকে বড় করেন। তিনি উপন্যাস ছাড়াও নাটক,ছোট গল্প এবং প্রবন্ধ রচনায় ব্যাপক খ্যাতি অর্জন করেন। তিনি নিউমোনিয়াতে আক্রান্ত হয়ে মারা যান। ১৯১০ সালের ২০ নভেম্বর রাশিয়ার আস্তাপোভো নামক এক প্রত্যন্ত স্থানের রেলওয়ে স্টেশনে তিনি অসুস্থ হয়ে পড়েন এবং পরে মারা যান। তার মৃত্যুর পর ১৯২৮-১৯৫৮ এর মধ্যবর্তী সময়ে তার সাহিত্যকর্ম ৯০ খণ্ডে বিভক্ত হয়ে তৎকালীন সোভিয়েত ইউনিয়ন এ প্রকাশিত হয়। Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana, a family estate 12 kilometres southwest of Tula, Russia and 200 kilometers (120 mi) south of Moscow. He was the fourth of five children of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy and Countess Mariya Tolstaya (Volkonskaya). Tolstoy\'s parents died when he was young. His teachers described him as \"both unable and unwilling to learn.\" Tolstoy left the university in the middle of his studies, returned to Yasnaya Polyana and then spent much of his time in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. On September 23, 1862, Tolstoy married Sophia Andreevna Behrs, who was 16 years junior to him and daughter of a court physician. She was called Sonya, the Russian diminutive of Sofia, by her family and friends. They had 13 children, eight of whom survived childhood. Tolstoy died in 1910, at the age of 82