Portrait by Ilya Repin, 1887
The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy will be celebrated in October of this year, 2010, The Leo N. Tolstoy Centennial Festival will be held at California State University, Long Beach. It may seem a bit strange that a great Russian writer is celebrated in a California port city, but this event promises to be world class. On the campus of and sponsored by California State University, Long Beach and in cooperation with the Long Beach/Sochi Sister City Committee, it has been organized by Professor Harold Schefski of CSULB.
On Friday, October 22, the focus is on the famous novel War and Peace set in the times of Napoleon’s futile invasion of Russia. On Saturday, October 23, the focus in on Tolstoy’s other famous novel, Anna Karenina. On that day, I am told, they will show one scene from the novel as interpreted by six different films form the past, including the 1935 production with Greta Garbo, and the 1948 film with Vivien Leigh.
On Sunday, October 24, the Long Beach/Sochi Sister City Committee will show the Oscar Nominee film “The Last Station.”
As a member of the Los Angeles/St. Petersburg Sister City Committee and long time Russophile, I can’t wait. For a complete program schedule for this great Tolstoy weekend see http://tolstoyfestival.com/