Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievitch Levin

Levin was originally a marginal character in the novel, but by the final version he had grown into its co-protagonist, as central as Anna herself. Levin is a veiled self-portrait of the author: his name includes Tolstoy’s first name (Lev in Russian), and many of the details of his courtship of Kitty—including the missing shirt at the wedding—were taken straight from Tolstoy’s life. Levin is thus a spokesman for Tolstoy’s own views and desires, such as his dogged search for the meaning of life. Levin’s confession of faith at the end of the novel straddles the line between art and morality—half fiction, half philosophy lesson—and parallels Tolstoy’s turn to religion after writing Anna Karenina.

Independent-minded and socially awkward, Levin is a truly individual character who fits into none of the obvious classifications of Russian society. He is neither a freethinking rebel like his brother Nikolai, nor a bookish intellectual like his half-brother Sergei. He is not a socialite like…more

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Anna Karenina

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