Anna Karenina is not just the story of a love affair, it is also a careful study of the relationship between men and women, their expectations, their duties and their search for happiness.
Novels by writers such as Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky (who died on 9 Feb 1881), occupy an important place in Russia's complex religious and social history, as Dairmid Gunn describes.
How are the same insightful questions about the human social condition and the search for happiness raised in the woks of Leo Tolstoy and of French author, Michel Houellebecq?
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