Google to broadcast readings of 'Anna Karenina' worldwide

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina. Source:

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina. Source:

This fall, Tolstoy’s masterpiece is to be read in its entirety in 40 locations around the world. The readings will be live on Google+ and YouTube.

The project, entitled “Karenina: Reading with the whole world,” is being organized by the Yasnaya Polyana Museum Estate of Leo Tolstoy in conjunction with Google, and will be presented on June 11 at the Moscow International Book Festival. RBTH contacted Julia Vronskaya, manager of international projects at Yasnaya Polyana, to learn more.

According to Julia, “This is the first time in history that Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’ will be read aloud continuously and in its entirety by different people from all around the world.” She explains that ordinary readers who pass a short contest will participate in the project alongside actors, writers, artists and celebrities. The reading will last approximately 48 hours and will take place on September 5-7.

Google is to organize a video broadcast of the readings, which will be live both on a specific account in Google+ and YouTube. The reading will start in Yasnaya Polyana and continue in real time in London, New York, Paris, Perm, Vladivostok, Saint Petersburg, Irkutsk, and up to 40 other locations around the globe.

“‘Anna Karenina’ is already one of the most famous works of Russian literature globally, but it can reach an even wider audience when this reading is broadcast on the web,” Julia says. “This project shows that a good book is always contemporary – and even more so with the help of modern technology.”


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