Online reading of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ to be open to all; Any Russian speakers can apply to take part in December event

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – – Oleg Krasnov, RBTH – October 12, 2015)

Anyone on the planet who speaks Russian will be able to read a chapter from Russian writer Lev Tolstoy’s classic War and Peace directly online as part of an upcoming event

The “War and Peace: Let’s Read The Novel” event will take place between Dec. 8 and 11 as part of the Year of Literature in Russia. The beginning of the reading of the volumes is set for 10 a.m. Moscow time.

The “War and Peace: Let’s Read The Novel” event will be the sequel to the online reading project of another Tolstoy novel, Anna Karenina, which took place in October 2014 on the initiative of Google and the Yasnaya Polyana Lev Tolstoy House-Museum.

The event entered the Guinness Book of World Records in the “Largest audience for an online reading marathon” category (it was watched by viewers from more than 106 countries).

According to Fekla Tolstaya, one of the project’s organizers and the great granddaughter of Russian writer, “the readings will take place in various parts of Russia and abroad: from a nuclear icebreaker, from Lake Baikal, from an orbital space station…”

Participants need to register on before Nov. 18, fill in the application and send in a sample video recording. The jury will select 1,300 participants.

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