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Russian poetry

21st February 2012

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1. Russian Poetry, with Robert Chandler and others

Friday 24 Feb, 7.00 – 8.30pm,

Translator Robert Chandler reads from an anthology of
Russian poetry, FROM PUSHKIN TO BRODSKY, that he is compiling for Penguin Classics. This includes the work of many different translators. Nearly all poems will also be read in Russian. Audience participation!

Free admission.

2. The Life and Work of Vasily Grossman, with Yury Bit-Yunan

Tue 13 March 2012, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Vasily Grossman (1905-1964) covered all the main battles of the Second World War. Only eighteen months before composing “The Hell of Treblinka”, one of the first published accounts of a Nazi death camp, he was filing reports from the ruins of Stalingrad. Though Grossman is now beginning to receive the recognition he deserves, his achievement is still underestimated. His last short stories – many of them included in the recent collection THE ROAD (The MacLehose Press) – are among the finest in Russian literature. And his unfinished novel EVERYTHING FLOWS, though far shorter than LIFE AND FATE, covers a greater historical canvas. It asks questions that are still more far-reaching and is in many ways more finely written.

Yury Bit-Yunan has recently completed a PhD about Grossman in Moscow, and is now doing further research on his life and work. He was an important contributor to THE ROAD. Much of Yury’s work consists of a careful, patient questioning of some of the myths that have grown up around Grossman. Censorship always engenders myths; these myths usually encapsulate some deep truths, but are often wildly inaccurate at the level of fact. Yury is doing more than anyone to establish the true facts about Grossman’s life and the publication of his work. This evening will be chaired by Robert Chandler.

Tickets: £7, conc. £5 (Friends of Pushkin House, students and OAPs)

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