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We will be rounding off the opening weekend of the ILFU with an Anna Karenina Gala in TivoliVredenburg’s Great Hall to celebrate Anna Karenina and the thousand women who are reading Tolstoy’s classic out loud. The gala is open to both women and men and will be presented by Lidewijde Paris.

Singer and actress Ellen ten Damme (1976) is a big fan of Anna Karenina and has selected special songs for Anna for this occasion. Ten Damme is currently on tour in Europe with her theatre concert Paris-Berlin.

The British writer, presenter and stand-up comedian Viv Groskop will also be present. Last year, her book The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature was published. In it, she shows how the novels of the great Russians can get us through our modern-day, complicated lives.  And if you think that a novel about a woman who ends up throwing herself in front of a train is perhaps not the best self-help book, Groskop subtly, masterfully and humorously points out what we can learn from Anna Karenina: ‘I am not saying that Tolstoy is Oprah Winfrey with a beard (Well, I am saying that a bit). And in any case, it’s just fun to think of the two of them together.’

We will also be talking to Hans Boland (1951), translator of Anna Karenina. Boland has translated many great Russian authors, including Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Tolstoy. In 2015, he was awarded the Martinus Nijhoff Prize: the biggest distinction for translators in the Netherlands. He wrote an accompanying booklet to his translation of Anna Karenina, in which he explains his special translation choices: Hij kan me de bout hachelen met zijn vorstendommetje. Over Anna Karenina en de kunst van het vertalen.

Anyone who has finished the book will have wondered: how does the story continue? Vesna Goldsworthy recently wrote Monsieur Ka, a continuation of Anna Karenina that answers this exact question. The Guardian: ‘Much of the pleasure of reading this remarkable novel comes from its passionate dedication to the power of stories.’ Goldsworthy will be present at the Gala Night to talk about her new novel.

Lastly, movie critic and -journalist Kevin Toma will join us. Tolstoy’s book has been brought to the big screen multiple times, the first movie dating from 1911 and the most recent one from 2012. Toma has prepared a mini-lecture on the presentation of Anna in these movies.


Do you also want to read Anna Karenina out loud during the marathon? If so, sign up here.

N.B. Participants in the Anna Karenina Marathon are able to reserve 1 free ticket. You can order this in the checkout process via the Ticket or House Friends button. In addition, you can also order one or more ticket(s) for your guest(s) at the discounted rate of €10. Free tickets and guest tickets can only be ordered in the name of the respective reader at the marathon.

Sunday 16 September

Time: 20:30 - 22:00 Hour
Admission fees: €15
Admission fees friends: €10
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Language: Nederlands|Engels

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3511 WC Utrecht