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Anna Karenina

[an-uh kuh-ren-uh-nuh; Russian ah-nuh kuh-rye-nyi-nuh] /ˈæn ə kəˈrɛn ə nə; Russian ˈɑ nə kʌˈryɛ nyɪ nə/
a novel (1875–76) by Leo Tolstoy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She might have been discussing Anna Karenina, or a character of Stendhal.

    Overlooked Maurice Baring
  • After your departure, he writes, I read Anna Karenina once more.

  • Anna Karenina is not one novel, but two, and suffers accordingly.

    The Author's Craft Arnold Bennett
  • Anna Karenina” is undoubtedly far from “pleasant” reading, since it is the tragical recital of an adulterous love.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • Tolstoy returned to the Decembrists when he had finished Anna Karenina, but was again disappointed.

    Autobiography of Countess Tolstoy Sophie Andreevna Tolstoy
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Anna Karenina [(an-uh kuh-ren-uh-nuh)]

(1873–1876) A novel by Leo Tolstoy; the title character enters a tragic adulterous affair and commits suicide by throwing herself under a train.

Note: Anna Karenina begins with the famous sentence “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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