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Talk at the Pushkin Club

20th February 2003

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RUSSIAN LITERATURE
WITH ROBERT CHANDLER AND PETER TEGEL

AT THE PUSHKIN CLUB, 46 LADBROKE GROVE, W11

MARCH 4, 7.30 pm:
WRITTEN UNDER DICTATION: RESPONSES TO TOTALITARIANISM
from Nikolay Erdman, Andrey Platonov, Varlam Shalamov and Boris Sveshnikov.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Stalin’s death, Robert Chandler and Peter Tegel will examine how four great artists responded to the State’s demands.

“And the Tsar’s head, judging by the temples, was covered by thick veins inside which moved only a fine trickle of blood, since these veins had been filled by a deathly accumulation of sclerotic lime and they constricted the bloody stream of life; evidently the Tsar was constantly struggling to think with the power of a god, and he had so exhausted his vital veins of life that death, rather than wisdom, had appeared in his head.”

from “The Macedonian Officer” by Andrey Platonov

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