The Great Britain - Russia society is a charitable organisation which aims to promote cultural understanding between the UK and Russia. Our aim is to hold a minimum of twelve topical, interesting and informative lecture meetings each year, at least one in each calendar month. We aim to invite leading specialists. Normally receptions will start at 6.1 5p.m. and the talks at either 6.45 p.m. or 7.00 p.m. to be followed by questions and discussion. Talks may cover also all the republics of the former USSR, many now members of the CIS. There will be three sessions per year (September-December, January-April, and May-July), and we aim to have at least one lecture per session in Russian. We shall communicate with all paid up members three times a year, advising them of the meetings in the following session. The journal will be despatched at the same time. The books will be sent free of charge from the publisher to the reviewer, who will be allowed to keep the book, unless the reviewer is willing to augment our Society's funds by offering the book for auction at one of our meetings (with a reserve price) or having it sold to a University Library. We aim for a large, active and enthusiastic membership. We aim to recruit new members from amongst University undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and academics. However, we shall welcome all new members who will abide by the Constitution of the Society, a copy of which can be made available to all paid up members. Like its predecessors the Society is dedicated to Anglo Russian dialogue in a spirit of friendship, frankness and objectivity, and the spread of knowledge, understanding and cultural exchanges. Bring some friends as guests and persuade them to become members! There is also a large community of Russians in London, possibly around 100,000 people. We aim to keep membership subscriptions and the charges for meetings as low and as affordable as possible, and as a long term policy - in order to generate a vigorous revival in membership numbers.
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UPCOMING EVENT Dear membership I am forwarding you a link to an event being organised by Larissa of the Anglo-Russian club which might be of interest to you. It's not a GBR event ......... Friday, NOV 3, Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, London SE16 4HZ, 19:30 Pablo Neruda and the Soviet Union "I have never thought of my life as divided between poetry and politics," Pablo Neruda said when he accepted his presidential candidacy from the Chilean Communist Party. He was a prolific writer whose works ranged from sensual love poems to historical epics. Hailed as a poet for the common man, Neruda believed that poetry should capture the human condition. In his essay "Toward an Impure Poetry," he equates the imperfect human condition with poetry, "impure as the clothing we wear, or our bodies, soup-stained, soiled with our shameful behaviour, our wrinkles and vigils and dreams, observations and prophecies, declarations of loathing and love, idylls and beasts, the shocks of encounter, political loyalties, denials and doubts, affirmations and taxes." What kind of poetry should we seek? Verse that is "steeped in sweat and in smoke, smelling of the lilies and urine." Our speaker Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed British author, translator, film critic, Hispanist and autism researcher. His biography of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life, was first published by Bloomsbury in 2004 and reissued in an updated edition in 2013 (Harold Pinter called it ‘a masterpiece’). Also in 2013, Feinstein launched Cantalao, a biannual magazine dedicated to Neruda’s life and work. His book of translations from Neruda’s Canto General, with colour illustrations by the celebrated Brazilian artist, Ana Maria Pacheco, was published by Pratt Contemporary in 2013. He also wrote the introduction to the Folio Edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths, which appeared in 2007. Tickets are here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pablo-neruda-the-soviet-union-a-presentation-by-adam-feinstein-tickets-37005927726?ref=ecal PABLO NERUDA & THE SOVIET UNION - A Presentation by Adam Feinstein www.eventbrite.co.uk The Anglo-Russian Culture Club presents PABLO NERUDA & THE SOVIET UNION A presentation by Adam Feinstein In this absorbing presentation, Adam Feinstein - writer, poet, translator, film critic and the acclaimed biographer of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda (his much-praised book, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life, was called ‘a masterpiece’ by Harold Pinter) - will trace Neruda’s fascinating relationship with the Soviet Union, from his very first visit in 1949 to celebrate Pushkin’s 150th anniversary to his final trips there for medical treatment in the early 1970s. Building on his interviews with Neruda’s friends and colleagues in Russia, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Feinstein will bring the poet’s life and work vividly to life with readings from Neruda’s own remarkable account in his memoirs of his many visits to the USSR and delightful anecdotes relating to his friendships with, among others, Ilya Ehrenburg, Konstantin Simonov and Semion Kirsanov. Feinstein will also sh See you there! Warmest wishes, Larissa.