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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy | Russian marathon & 2016 TV series

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Easily one of the most fascinating stories I recently read was about the 60+-hour marathon where more than 1,300 Russians read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy on national TV. The event took place December 8th-11th. The project was coordinated by Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter. The readings were webcast live and broadcast on national TV and radio, with nighttime intermissions. If you would like to learn more about this project and watch videos from the readings visit here. It’s definitely not a book I have any interest in reading but I thought it was cool how the country got involved in the project. Talk about a read-a-thon!

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy book coverWar and Piece by Leo Tolstoy

First publish 1869.

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War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature. (Goodreads)

 

War and PeaceIn case you missed it War and Peace aired on A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel on January 18, 2016 in the US. It is planned as four two-hour episodes.


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