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A talk at the Pushkin Club by Robert Chandler

7th November 2003

Dear all,
One of our members is giving a talk at the Pushkin Club
Regards
Anna

VERY SHORT RUSSIAN STORIES FROM THE 1920s & 30s

at the Pushkin Club, 46 Ladbroke Grove, London, W11 4AP

Tuesday November 11, 7.15 for 7.30 pm

Robert Chandler will read from two writers he has translated for his forthcoming Penguin Classics Book of Russian Short Stories. Robert Chandler has translated Vasily Grossman’s ‘Life and Fate’ and co-translated several volumes of Platonov. His anthology of Russian short stories is forthcoming from Penguin Classics. He is now co-chair of the Pushkin Club.
Masha Karp will read one story by each writer in Russian:

1) Mikhail Zoshchenko (1894 – 1958)

Lighting up Soviet Russia with light, without doubt, is a matter of massive importance. No one an argue with that. But it does, for the time being, have its downside…

Zoshchenko1s humorous sketches were enormously popular in the Soviet Union. He was also greatly admired by fellow-writers from Gorky to Mandelstam. His finest work dates from the twenties.

2) Leonid Dobychin (1894-1936)

The doctor prattled on about America. There, when you make a telephone call, you see the person you’re speaking to. There, pavements move; there, the steps of staircases ascend together with the people walking on them. She went on and on talking, to the sound of the accordion and tramping feet, and she didn1t know how to stop, even though she sensed that no
one believed her.

For 50 years after his death, Leonid Dobychin was almost forgotten.
According to Dmitry Prigov, however, he was one of the few Soviet writers to bring something genuinely new into Russian prose — along with Platonov and Zoshchenko.

Tickets: £3.50. Tel: 020-7603-3862. www.pushkinclub.org.uk

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