Updated December 09, 2015 07:16:23

Russia has begun a 60-hour marathon broadcast in the course of which celebrities and members of the public are reading aloud the entire of Leo Tolstoy’s sprawling novel War and Peace.

A total of 1,300 readers, which includes actors, politicians and sports figures, are taking component in the reading, which began with actress Alisa Freindlikh reading the 1st passage.

Other readers included cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, who took element from the International Space Station, and French actress Fanny Ardant.

The reading of the 4-volume novel set throughout Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia is becoming broadcast reside on national tv and radio and on the internet.

“Tolstoy draws with each other our entire country, no less than the state border or our single currency,” tv presenter Fyokla Tolstaya, who is the novelist’s great-fantastic-granddaughter, told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Mayak radio station, which has given over its whole schedule to the novel except for brief news bulletins, urged listeners to telephone in to talk about their favourite character.

“My favourite character is Natasha Rostova, simply because like me, she created her own journey from a thoughtless young girl to a mother of a family who has learnt how to be happy,” said one listener, Anastasia.

The project’s web site consists of an interactive map of the relationships among the characters, such as “really like”, “conflict” and “marriage”. The chart modifications to reflect events in each section of the novel.

Epic function essential to Russian identity

The readings had been taking place in locations across Russia, such as Tolstoy’s country estate in Yasnaya Polyana, south of Moscow, where he wrote much of the novel, as nicely as the Chechen capital Grozny and Vladivostok in the far east.

An undated picture of War and Peace author Leo Tolstoy. Photo: Leo Tolstoy finished War and Peace in 1869. (Wikimedia Commons)

Some also are reading extracts abroad, from cities including Vienna and London, where tv unique correspondent Alexander Khabarov on Monday study his segment whilst standing on the embankment opposite the Homes of Parliament.

The marathon reading, part of Russia’s Year of Literature, is set to run until Friday, receiving by way of a single volume per day.

With its several characters, lengthy battle scenes and reams of dialogue in French, Tolstoy’s novel completed in 1869 is a single of the most difficult in globe literature.

The book is considered so important to the Russian national identity that it is compulsory reading for students aged 15 or 16.

Many Russians are also familiar with Sergei Bondarchuk’s Soviet film version which won an Oscar in 1969 and is getting shown again on state tv to coincide with the reading.

The BBC is making a new tv series of War and Peace set to air in January, starring Gillian Anderson, Paul Dano and Lily James, some filming for which took location in Russia.

A equivalent on-line project earlier this year was devoted to Anton Chekhov, titled Chekhov Is Alive! to mark the 125th anniversary of his birth.

Much more than 700 people study from his works including his play The Seagull. Google was one of the organisers and the readings have been shown on YouTube.

AFP

Topics: books-literature, arts-and-entertainment, russian-federation

First posted December 09, 2015 07:11:23

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