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Considered one of the greatest novels of all time, the narrative focuses on the sophisticated wife of Aleksey Karenin, Anna, who abandons her empty life through an adulterous affair with a younger bachelor, Count Vronsky.
Aleksey Karenin’s discovery of the affair triggers only a concern for his public image, revealing what he truly cares about, and as a result Anna promises discretion for the sake of both his reputation and their young son. All is thrown into disarray however when Anna becomes pregnant by Vronsky.
Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch.
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