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Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson impressed by Iran’s commemoration for his ancestor
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Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy autographs a Persian version of a Leo Tolstoy book for an Iranian reader at Tehran’s Book City Institute on April 29, 2014.
Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy autographs a Persian version of a Leo Tolstoy book for an Iranian reader at Tehran’s Book City Institute on April 29, 2014.
TEHRAN -- Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy, the great-great-grandson of the Russian novelist and social critic Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828–1910), has expressed his satisfaction over the weeklong commemoration Tehran’s Book City Institute has organized for his ancestor.
“One Week with Tolstoy”, which opened in the Book City Institute on Sunday, has been organized with the help of the Leo Tolstoy Foundation in Moscow and Iran’s Islamic Cultural Relations Organization (ICRO).
Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday, Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy said that thoughts and feelings of the two nations have helped the two countries feel like friends.
It is a great honor that Tolstoy’s books and manuscripts are being kept in a safe place in the Tolstoy State Museum, Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy, said, adding that Tolstoy kept thousands of books in his library among which there were some in Persian.
He added that the author of “War and Peace” was always seeking happiness in his life. However, he was not able to achieve that happiness.
Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy, who is the director of the Yasnaya Polyana Estate Museum and cofounder of the Leo Tolstoy Foundation, remarked that his grave in the woods of Yasnaya Polyana attracts a great number of visitors every year. 
In his brief speech, Iranian author Reza Davari Ardekani said that he believes Tolstoy does not talk about death, rather, he talks of love and death, since they are both intimates.
“I believe in his book ‘War and Peace’, death is not the end of life, but it’s the culmination of life, and if this were not so, life would not appear to be beautiful,” he added.
ICRO Director Abuzar Ebrahimi said in his short speech that he hoped such programs would help reinforce cultural relations between the two countries.
Several other Iranian authors shared what they have learned from Tolstoy’s works and life at the meeting.
The ceremony continued with the introduction of the book “Walking in Tolstoy’s Shoes” written by Ebrahimi in collaboration with Farzaneh Shafiei.
Ebrahimi wrote the book while he was serving as Iran’s cultural attaché in Russia.
The book contains the author’s research on Tolstoy and his life, highlighting the last 10 years of Tolstoy’s life and his communications with the Muslims.
Several other programs have been arranged for the week including screening “War and Peace”, a movie adaption of Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace”, directed by the U.S. filmmaker King Vidor.
A lineup of movies and documentaries are also scheduled to be screened during the week-long program which opened on April 27.

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