Life And Fate [classic Serial]

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01Viktor And Lyuda2011091820110924

Life and Fate: Viktor and Lyuda

By Vasily Grossman

Viktor, a nuclear physicist, is evacuated with his family from Moscow eastwards to Kazan.

It's October 1942 and the Russians are defending Stalingrad from the ferocious attack of the Germans.

Viktor has a revelatory breakthrough in his research but his wife Lyuda learns of the death of her son and her grief drives a wedge between the couple: Viktor is drawn to the kindness of Marya, the wife of his close colleague.

Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker.

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh

Lyuda Shaposhnikova....Greta Scacchi

Nadya....Ellie Kendrick

Alexandra....Ann Mitchell

Pyotr Sokolov....Nigel Anthony

Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter

Leonid Madyarov....Ralph Ineson

Sister....Elaine Claxton

Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear

Soldiers....Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, Henry Devas

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Musicians: Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, an epic saga that fills every drama strand on Radio 4 this week.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly seen 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.

Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

The Shaposhnikov family are about to feel the full impact of the war.

Life and Fate: Viktor and Lyuda

By Vasily Grossman

Viktor, a nuclear physicist, is evacuated with his family from Moscow eastwards to Kazan.

It's October 1942 and the Russians are defending Stalingrad from the ferocious attack of the Germans.

Viktor has a revelatory breakthrough in his research but his wife Lyuda learns of the death of her son and her grief drives a wedge between the couple: Viktor is drawn to the kindness of Marya, the wife of his close colleague.

Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker.

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh

Lyuda Shaposhnikova....Greta Scacchi

Nadya....Ellie Kendrick

Alexandra....Ann Mitchell

Pyotr Sokolov....Nigel Anthony

Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter

Leonid Madyarov....Ralph Ineson

Sister....Elaine Claxton

Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear

Soldiers....Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, Henry Devas

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Musicians: Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, an epic saga that fills every drama strand on Radio 4 this week.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly seen 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.

Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

The Shaposhnikov family are about to feel the full impact of the war.

Life and Fate: Viktor and Lyuda

By Vasily Grossman

Viktor, a nuclear physicist, is evacuated with his family from Moscow eastwards to Kazan.

It's October 1942 and the Russians are defending Stalingrad from the ferocious attack of the Germans.

Viktor has a revelatory breakthrough in his research but his wife Lyuda learns of the death of her son and her grief drives a wedge between the couple: Viktor is drawn to the kindness of Marya, the wife of his close colleague.

Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker.

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh

Lyuda Shaposhnikova....Greta Scacchi

Nadya....Ellie Kendrick

Alexandra....Ann Mitchell

Pyotr Sokolov....Nigel Anthony

Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter

Leonid Madyarov....Ralph Ineson

Sister....Elaine Claxton

Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear

Soldiers....Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, Henry Devas

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Musicians: Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, an epic saga that fills every drama strand on Radio 4 this week.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly seen 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.

Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

The Shaposhnikov family are about to feel the full impact of the war.

Life and Fate: Viktor and Lyuda

By Vasily Grossman

Viktor, a nuclear physicist, is evacuated with his family from Moscow eastwards to Kazan.

It's October 1942 and the Russians are defending Stalingrad from the ferocious attack of the Germans.

Viktor has a revelatory breakthrough in his research but his wife Lyuda learns of the death of her son and her grief drives a wedge between the couple: Viktor is drawn to the kindness of Marya, the wife of his close colleague.

Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker.

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh

Lyuda Shaposhnikova....Greta Scacchi

Nadya....Ellie Kendrick

Alexandra....Ann Mitchell

Pyotr Sokolov....Nigel Anthony

Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter

Leonid Madyarov....Ralph Ineson

Sister....Elaine Claxton

Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear

Soldiers....Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, Henry Devas

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Musicians: Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, an epic saga that fills every drama strand on Radio 4 this week.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly seen 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.

Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

The Shaposhnikov family are about to feel the full impact of the war.

02 LASTViktor And The Academy20110925

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.

This programme can be heard again next Sunday [link]

Life and Fate is available as a free download [link].

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

02 LASTViktor And The Academy20111001

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.