ANNA KARENINA BY LEO TOLSTOY WAS BASED ON A BLACK WOMAN, MARYA PUSHKINA, PUSHKINS ELDEST DAUGHTER
Tolstoy based his fictatious Anna Karenina on Marya Alexandrovna Pushkina, the eldest daughter of writer Alexander Sergeyvich Pushkin. He is of interest to my research because as a fourth generation African-Russian he still had strong classical African looks and a very dark skin. This could only be possible if all his recent ancestors were brown or black complexioned. And not only on his mothersside, The Hannibals; but also among the Pushkins. He described himself as 'a Negro' and Marya was his spitting image. So she was Black. Her maternal granmother Natalya was drawn by Pushkin as a woman with a Black face. So in spite of the few portraits of the most beautiful woman in Russia that show a white woman, Natalya Gonchorova who married Pushkin had dark or black skin. Strangely no photo's to be found of this great, famous beauty. Read Henry Troyats bio, but try to look at as much portraits as possible to confirm that the Russian elite was brown and black of complexion. The whites were their serfs.The later biographies want to emphsize his blackness, while he was not much different in this respect from his surroundings. They also want to link looks (Race) with behavior, because some Hannibals were indeed wife beaters, bigamist and wife murderers. Again this was perfectly consistent with those times and among the elite class.