Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husbandand Russian high societywould condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of lifea mirror of Tolstoys own spiritual crisisKonstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide.
A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution,Anna Kareninatells the story of two characters whose emotional instincts conflict with the dominant social mores of their time.