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Life and Fate to receive radio adaptation

31st May 2011

A new radio adaptation of Vasily Grossman's epic tale Life and Fate has been commissioned, with Kenneth Branagh set to star in the production.

The eight-hour series, which will also star John Sessions and Olivier-award winner Sara Kestelman, will be aired on Radio 4 over the course of a week from September 18th.

Set in Stalingrad during World War II, the novel deals with the fate of the city and its people through the eyes of the Shaposhnikov family and it is hoped the adaptation will bring the work to a wider audience, said Gwyneth Williams, controller of Radio 4.

'The novel's underlying message - the ability of the human spirit to endure in the face of authoritarian rule and war - is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago,' she added.

Branagh is also currently at work on further TV adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander books, with the second series due to air later this year.

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