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Tehran Book City Institute to host weeklong commemoration of Tolstoy
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A Leo Tolstoy’s portrait by Ilya Repine
A Leo Tolstoy’s portrait by Ilya Repine
TEHRAN -- The Russian novelist and social critic Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828–1910) will be commemorated during a weeklong program at Tehran’s Book City Institute next week.
 
The program entitled “One Week with Tolstoy” has been organized with the help of the Leo Tolstoy Foundation in Moscow and Iran’s Islamic Cultural Relations Organization (ICRO), Book City Institute Deputy Director Ali-Asghar Mohammadkhani said in a press release on Sunday.
 
Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson, Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy, his wife and a group of producers from Russian state TV are scheduled to attend the program, which will begin on April 27 with a meeting entitled “What Have I Learned from Tolstoy?”.
 
Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy will bring a collection of Tolstoy’s portraits created by various artists over the past decades to be showcased at an exhibition, which will open on the first day of the program, Mohammadkhani said.
 
The Iranian authors Reza Amirkhani, Nahid Tabatabaii, Mohammadreza Bairami, Mohammad-Hassan Shahsavari, Belqeys Soleimani and Maham Miqani will share what they have learned from Tolstoy’s works and life at the meeting.
 
“War and Peace”, a movie adaption of Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace”, directed by the U.S. filmmaker King Vidor will be screened and reviewed in a session on the second day of the week.
 
The next two days have been dedicated to a seminar on Tolstoy’s opinions and thoughts, which will begin with speeches by Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy and ICRO Director Abuzar Ebrahimi.
 
Iranian experts on philosophy Reza Davari and Karim Mojtahedi, and scholars Zahra Mohammadi, Mahnaz Sadri, Gholamreza Khaki, Masumeh Motamednia and Fatemeh Qasemi will also deliver speeches at the seminar.
 
“One Week with Tolstoy” will go on with another meeting on May 1, during which a number of Iranian cineastes and thespians including Reza Kianian, Hassan Fat’hi, Mohammad Charmshir, Esmaeil Shafiei and Sorush Sehat will give lectures on what they have learned from Tolstoy.
 
A lineup of movies and documentaries are also scheduled to be screened during the program.
 
“Tolstoy not only was a writer, but also was a philosopher and an ideological leader, who was considered a critic of modern civilization,” Mohammadkhani said.
 
“Tolstoy’s opinions and teachings about education, religion, individual and social behavior, and art have great significance to all so they should be discussed and analyzed,” he added.
 
“His life can be deemed a mirror, which reflects remarkably all hopes and concerns of Russia. More than one hundred Persian versions of his works have been published over the past fifty years. Undoubtedly, he ranks among the top world writers and is really the standard-bearer and pioneer of the world literature Goethe had predicted,” he stated.
 
Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy, who is the director of the Yasnaya Polyana Estate Museum and cofounder of the Leo Tolstoy Foundation, has been invited by the 27th Tehran International Book Fair, which will be held from April 30 to May 10.
 
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