Tolstoy Marathon comes to and end, but is only the start!

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Wednesday sees the end of the glorious initiative of the ILFU, the thousand women reading Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.

ILFU had invited women, girlfriends, colleagues, sisters and Anna’s to join the marathon to participate. Anyone was able to read aloud in their preferred language at Central Station. A thousand women’s voices answered the 12 day call ending on September 26th.

Michaël Stoker, director of the ILFU Festival feels that there is a lot to say about Tolstoy and with Anna Karenina he created one of the first female novel characters in a novel to put her personal happiness above social conventions. Anna Karenina clearly did not identify herself exclusively with the role she was given in Russian-society, that of the mother the woman.

The opening of the marathon was presented by Hanneke Groenteman and Noraly Beijer, Victoria Koblenko and Anna Drijver also each read a page along with so many others.

For the marathon, the ILFU worked with the Dutch branch of UN Women, the women’s rights organization of the United Nations and in collaboration with the NS. Station Utrecht Centraal

As a Unesco City of Literature, Utrecht is committed to achieving the Global Goals of the United Nations through its literary activities. There are seventeen concrete goals that must be achieved by 2030. With the Anna Karenina Marathon ILFU worked towards Global Goal 5 which is strengthening the position of women and girls.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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