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Author: Leo Tolstoy

Years Published: 1875–77

Type: Novel

Genre: Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator:

Anna Karenina uses third-person omniscient narration. The action moves back and forth in time as two major plot threads entwine: the story of Anna and Vronsky and the story of Kitty and Levin.


Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

Anna Karenina is named for its tragic main character.


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