Anna Karenina, a novel by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction. Fyodor Dostoyevsky declared it "flawless as a work of art."; Vladimir Nabokov: "flawless magic of Tolstoy's style," & William Faulkner: "the best ever written." "The Top Ten" in Time, which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest novel ever written."