An illustration from a 1914 edition of Anna Karenina.
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is often acclaimed as the best novel ever written. The enthralling narrative explores love and family through intertwining plot lines, with Anna and her desire at the centre.
Vladimir and Vera Nabokov in 1969.
Giuseppe Pino, Wikimedia Commons
From Tolstoy to Mark Twain, the most famous writers owe many words of thanks to their long-suffering wives.
A Soviet-era stamp depicts a scene from Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace.’
Set during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, the epic novel is a case study in the grassroots strength of ordinary people.
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Leo Tolstoy didn't blush over racy themes.