Friday, October 3, 2014

“Anna Karenina” for 30 hours – BBC

October 3 and 4, more than 700 people will read Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” – a 30-hour project, conceived by the Museum-Estate “Yasnaya Polyana” and now Google, will be attended by actors, directors, school children, students, writers, and politicians and bureaucrats.

In the afternoon of Friday, October 3, actor Sergei Garmash Pashkov House read: “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way “- and discovered that phrase marathon reading Leo Tolstoy’s novel” Anna Karenina “. This is a joint project of the Museum-Estate “Yasnaya Polyana” and of Google, it is designed for two days and completed it in the evening on 4 October. For the allotted time read excerpts of the book, more than 700 people from forty cities of Russia – from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Irkutsk and Vladivostok – and other countries – Israel, Korea, USA, UK and Japan.

A live webcast of the project is carried out on a special channel on the video service YouTube .

« Anna Karenina “- kind of a random choice, but the novel deserves to start with him. This is perhaps the most famous works of Tolstoy, they say that it is read by more than “War and Peace” – told “” curator Thekla Thick, adding that the choice influenced by the fact that this is a novel about family, about love and duty. – He that applies to any person, regardless of his political opinion, national extraction. And an appeal to just such a simple (although Tolstoy shows how complex) things it is very important ».

Among the first readers – the great-grandson of the writer Ilya Tolstoy, director Sergei Solovyov, writer Dina Rubina, a spokesman for the president of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. Also announced performances Culture Minister Vladimir Medina, head of the Department of Culture of Moscow Sergey Kapkova, Mikhail Shvydkoi, Vladimir Tolstoy, Benjamin Smekhova, Alexander Filippenko, Xenia Kutepova, Peter’s presence and many others.

“Anna Karenina” – the book is timeless and policy. For us it was very important that the project did not look political. And even part of high government officials does not make it a political or public, “- said Thekla thick.

The ground on which held reading , are open to visitors – among them Moscow Library, Reading Room. IS Turgenev and Design Factory FLACON, Museum “Peterhof” City Library Snezhinsk, Perm Art Gallery, Novosibirsk State University.

According to Tolstoy, each member of the project finds in it its meaning. “For the museum-estate of Tolstoy is to promote creative writer and a step towards a younger audience, and for Google is a very ambitious project, which was not yet”, – she said.

Overall Thick described reading “Anna Karenina” as a compound of the classical cultural heritage with new technologies. “This initiative is a non-profit event, designed to unite the different people – from officials from the Kremlin to the students from Naryan-Mar and expatriate writers,” – said the great granddaughter of the great writer.

After the completion of reading all the videos will be laid out in the open access to specially created for the project site and combined with Internet services Google, which will help to see the places where the action of “Anna Karenina.” Organizers of the project have not yet thought about his possible continuation. “It’s not ready for consumer representation. Do not judge us severely, it is not for someone, it is we, all together, doing the same thing “- asked Thekla thick. She also noted that participate in the readings agreed to by all who offered.

«Because it is Leo, this is the cultural code that responds to each person belonging to the Russian culture”, – concluded the project supervisor .

Creativity Leo Tolstoy comes to the Internet is not the first time. In the summer of 2013 a project was initiated “All Tolstoy in one click” – digitizing the complete 90-volume collected works of the writer. Thousands of volunteers proofreads scanned files, which are then converted into different formats and uploaded to share. Currently fully prepared 54 volumes.


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