Anna Karenina (The Russian Messenger, 1877)
Originally published in serial installments in the Russian periodical, “The Russian Messenger” from 1873 to 1877. A clash between writer Leo Tolstoy and the RM editor Mikhail Katkov prevented the final installment, therefore the full story wasn’t published until the novel’s release. The words “flawless” and “greatest” are continually found in the same sentence as the novel’s title.
Anna Karenina chronicles the doomed love affair between married aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky. The story also chronicles the love between newlyweds Kitty and Levin, and together, the novel attempts to answer the larger question on how to live a fulfilled life.
Anna Karenina has been adapted into 23 films (the first in 1911 and the most recent in 2012 starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law), a ten-episode BBC series (in 1977) and a 2000 mini-series. The enduring love for this novel continues.