Since Gerard has been forced by illness to cancel his talk, Robert Chandler will take his place, reading from, and talking about, his new Penguin Classics anthology of Russian short stories.
“RUSSIAN SHORT STORIES FROM PUSHKIN TO BUIDA”
the Pushkin Club have just let us know that Robert Chandler will speak tonight instead of Gerard McBurney.
“Light’s all very well, brothers, but it’s not easy to live with.”
Robert Chandler will read from Zoshchenko’s satirical vignettes of everyday life in the decade following the 1917 Revolution, as well as introducing two great writers who have only recently been rediscovered in Russia: Dobychin and Krzhizhanovsky.
at The PUSHKIN CLUB, 72 QUEENSBOROUGH TERRACE, W2 (near Queensway Tube). 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £4.00 (£3.00 conc.) at the door. Tel: 020-7221-1981. www.pushkinclub.org.uk
Robert Chandler's translations from Russian include Pushkin's Dubrovsky, Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate. Soul, the most recent of his five co-translations of Andrey Platonov, won the 2004 AATSEEL award for best translation from a Slavonic language, as well as being shortlisted for the Weidenfeld European Translation Prize.