Life And Fate, Viktor And The Academy

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Life and Fate: Viktor and the Academy

By Vasily Grossman

In the final episode of Life and Fate, Viktor's scientific breakthrough has not brought him the success he expected. Instead he is gradually ostracised for his 'anti-Soviet' science. He starts to dread the knock at the door. Zhenya's visit to Moscow brings some distraction but it is Marya in whom he longs to confide. Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh

Lyuda....Greta Scacchi

Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter

Zhenya....Raquel Cassidy

Nadya....Ellie Kendrick

Shishakov....Jack Shepherd

Boris Badin....Carl Prekopp

Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear

Markov....Simon Bubb

Chepyzhin....James Greene

Vanya....Gerard McDermott

Stalin....Philip Madoc

With Elaine Claxton, Jonathan Forbes and James Lailey

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Performed by Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

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Viktor is ostracised for his 'anti-Soviet' science and fears the worst.

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Life and Fate: Viktor and the Academy

By Vasily Grossman

In the final episode of Life and Fate, Viktor's scientific breakthrough has not brought him the success he expected. Instead he is gradually ostracised for his 'anti-Soviet' science. He starts to dread the knock at the door. Zhenya's visit to Moscow brings some distraction but it is Marya in whom he longs to confide. Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh

Lyuda....Greta Scacchi

Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter

Zhenya....Raquel Cassidy

Nadya....Ellie Kendrick

Shishakov....Jack Shepherd

Boris Badin....Carl Prekopp

Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear

Markov....Simon Bubb

Chepyzhin....James Greene

Vanya....Gerard McDermott

Stalin....Philip Madoc

With Elaine Claxton, Jonathan Forbes and James Lailey

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Performed by Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Viktor is ostracised for his 'anti-Soviet' science and fears the worst.