10.12.2015 | 12:13
Having a hard time sleeping? Try watching 60 hours of Russians reading 'War and Peace' (Toronto Sun)
More than 1,300 Russians are reading Leo Tolstoy's notoriously lengthy novel "War and Peace" aloud in a 60-hour marathon on national television, which could break a world record -- for the most boring TV ever aired.
The public readings, pre-recorded at locations all over Russia, from the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to remote Arctic islands, have been co-ordinated by Tolstoy's great-great-granddaughter and feature Russians from all walks of life, from gas workers to cosmonauts.
The event runs over four days and finishes Friday.
The organizers invited French actress Fanny Ardant to read the numerous French-language passages in the novel, which describes both the Napoleonic wars and French-speaking high society in imperial St. Petersburg.
Asleep yet? There's more.
The readings are being webcast live and broadcast on national TV and radio, with nighttime intermissions.
Among the upcoming highlights are the readings by Tolstoy's descendants at the family estate and a recorded message from cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, who is currently on the International Space Station.
Tolstoy took six years to complete "War and Peace," which was rewritten 26 times.