War and Peace and Incest? Tolstoy scholars are hollering blue murder at Andrew Davies’ (House of Cards, Sense and Sensibility) adaptation for the, BBC charging that the small screen version is pMV5BMTUxNzY5MzgwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDM0NDgxNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_laying fast and loose with the Russian nobleman’s classic. From The Telegraph:

Tolstoy scholar Andrew Kaufman said of the incest scenes: “That has absolutely no justification in the text. It just doesn’t exist in it.

“I think they may be imposing a 21st Century perspective on to a 19th Century novel. What Tolstoy is playing with in a very muted way is the fact that they have immoral values.”

Dominic Lieven, professor of Russian studies at the London School of Economics, was historical adviser on the drama but said: “You couldn’t completely rule out the strangest sexual antics in young aristocratic St Petersburg, though brother-sister incest is perhaps a bit ripe.”

The six-part series will air in the UK later this winter with a cast that includes Lily James, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox and Ade Edmondson.

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