(KZN.RU, November 26, Ksenia Shvetsova). Since autumn, the “Tolstoy Readings” are held in Kazan in the framework of the Year of Tolstoy thanks to the work of the art-residence “Staro-Tatarskaya Sloboda”. To date, more than 1.5 thousand Kazan teachers, librarians, and high school students have visited them, said Azat Abzalov, the head of the Department of Culture, at the Business Monday today.
Free lectures of well-known Russian and foreign writers and philologists are held in the framework of the “Tolstoy Readings” for teachers of the Russian language and literature, librarians, and high school students interested in humanitarian subjects.
The project started on October 2. The first public lecture of Professor Irwin Weil, the famous American Slavist, Ph.D. in Philosophy, one of the world's leading experts in Russian literature, took place in the HoC Lenin. Professor Weil shared with Kazan students and their teachers a look at the works of Russian literature, his understanding of the works of Russian writers Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gorky, and Chukovsky.
On November 12, the writer Vladislav Otroshenko, the author of several books about the mysterious circumstances that accompanied the birth of the great works of Russian classics, appeared in front of Kazan literature lovers. He held meetings with readers in the Aksenov House and in the literary cafe “Kalitka”.
The “Tolstoy Readings” will continue tomorrow. A. Abzalov noted that on November 27, there will be a public lecture by Fyokla Tolstaya in the national cultural center “Kazan” in the framework of the “Tolstoy Readings”. The theme of her speech is “Tolstoy in the digital age”. Fyokla Tolstaya is a journalist, a TV presenter, the head of the development department of the State Museum of L.Tolstoy in Moscow, the author of projects on the digitization of the writer's works and popularization of his work. She is the great-great-granddaughter of L. Tolstoy on the line of his second son Ilya.
“I am sure that the ongoing “Tolstoy Readings” will be interesting and useful for teachers of literature and their students and will be a good motivation for a deep study of domestic literature”, said Azat Abzalov.
“This is a good project, for teachers it is an opportunity to go beyond the ordinary, expand their horizons, update subject”, said Denis Kalinkin, the head of the Executive Committee.
The “Tolstoy Readings” are organized in the art-residence “Staro-Tatarskaya Sloboda”. The events are held with the support of Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan.