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3 July 2015


The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow has the famous Portrait of an Unknown Woman 1883 by Ivan Kramskoy, which has been used as the cover for several editions of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina 1873-7. Here is a good piece by James Meek replying to the question: ‘What is it about Anna Karenina that gives it special status among the great novels?’

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