The masterpiece Anna Karenina was four years in the making. Set in late nineteenth century Russia, with a cast of more
than one hundred characters, this impressive novel tells the tragic, poignant and unforgettable tale of Anna Karenina,
the most infamous adulteress in literature. Her story is fiction, but set within it are the timeless consequences of
envy, infidelity and unchecked passion. Leo Tolstoy's treatment of these elements, as well as his opinion of marriage,
the family and society, added up to a novel that was called “flawless” by his contemporaries.