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ROBERT CHANDLER/ILYA KORMILTSEV

3rd January 2007

Dear All

Received from the Pushkin Club.

Ute

Exiled Writers Ink ~ 8th January 2007, 7.30 Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton
Street,
WC2 Dissenting Russian poet ILYA KORMILTSEV in conversation with
English poet
and translator ROBERT CHANDLER chaired by Miriam Frank
Ilya Kormiltsev became known in the mid-eighties as the
lyricist-producer
of the popular Russian rock band Nautilus Pompilius. During perestroika
the band
gained a massive following and Kormiltsev's lyrics were widely sung and
quoted
throughout Russia. After nearly twenty recorded albums, the band split up
in
1997. Kormiltsev has also translated into Russian many works ranging from
W. S.
Burroughs and Irvine Welsh, to Tom Stoppard and C. S. Lewis, and a
collection of
Kormiltsev’s own poetry, short stories and plays was published in Nobody
>From
Nowhere (2005). In 2002 Kormiltsev founded Ultra.Kultura Publishers which
is
dedicated to transgressive and provocative books. In its short existence,
Ultra.Kultura has gained notoriety and now has the highest number of
lawsuits
per year.
Robert Chandler is the translator of Vasily Grossman’s ‘Life and Fate’,
as
well as of Pushkin's ‘Dubrovsky’ and Leskov's ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’.
His
co-translations of Andrey Platonov have won prizes in both the UK and the
US.
He is the editor of ‘Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida’. His
translations from languages other than Russian include selections of
Sappho and
Apollinaire., and his most recent translation is of Hamid Ismailov's ‘The
Railway’ a witty and exuberant novel set in Uzbekistan. He especially
enjoys
translating in collaboration with other people. He teaches part time at
Queen
Mary College, University of London. His next translation projects are
Pushkin’s
‘The Captain’s Daughter’, Platonov’s long novel ‘Chevengur’ and more works
by
Vasily Grossman – most likely his short novel ‘Everything Flows’. He also
hopes
to compile an anthology of Russian fairy tales. Entrance £3,
EWI
members £1 Contact [removed]

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