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THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY

Monday 22nd July 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7 pm

Our Chairman, David Brummell, has agreed to give an illustrated talk on The Life and Work of Yuri Dombrovsky (1909 -1978).

Yuri Dombrovsky is comparatively unknown in the West. However, his two main literary works,The Keeper of Antiquities, and its sequel, the Faculty of Useless Knowledge, along with Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, stand as the greatest achievements of 20th century Russian literature.

Yuri Osipovich Dombrovsky was born in 1909 into the family of a well-known Moscow lawyer. He got into trouble with the authorities as early as 1932, while still a student in the capital. As a result of this incident he was arrested and exiled to Alma-Ata, the then capital of Soviet Kazakhstan. Although exile from Moscow was a punishment for Dombrovsky, he fell deeply in love with Alma-Ata and its history. He spent many years there, although this was interrupted by three further arrests and a total of 11 years’ imprisonment in the Gulag.

Dombrovsky not only wrote two incredible novels, but also a great collection of articles on both famous and long-forgotten artists and writers. Shakespeare was one of his main interests and was the inspiration for his novel, The Dark Lady. Dombrovsky’s knowledge of history and literature was encyclopaedic and suffused with his love for these subjects. He also wrote many poems in which he depicts his experience of the Gulag.

David will outline the key events in Dombrovsky’s life and link these to Dombrovsky’s creative development as a writer of both prose and poetry. The evening will include readings in Russian by Alla Gelich and in English of three poems by Dombrovsky and (in English) of extracts from his prose works.

We do hope that you will join us on the 22nd.  Please let Ute know on membership@nullgbrussia.org if you would like to attend this lecture, or if not, whether you would like to have a credit for Peter Debbins’ talk when we manage to re-arrange or for a future talk.

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Thursday 15th August 2019

The venue:  THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN

Please be inside the Main Entrance  by 1.30 pm at the latest. The date and exact time of the Dress Rehearsal may be subject to alteration. Watch out for subsequent announcements and updates.

The eagerly awaited return of the world famous   BOLSHOI BALLET COMPANY & ORCHESTRA  in the Dress Rehearsal of  “DON QUIXOTE”

First performed in 1869 by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow with choreography by Maruis Petipa to music by Ludwig Minkus

Once again, we are extremely grateful to Mr.Victor Hochhauser CBE and Mrs. Lilian Hochhauser CBE whose generosity should hopefully  result in 40 complimentary seats for members of The Great Britain-Russia Society.

Maximum of two tickets per member, but in the event of strong demand we reserve the right to limit the allocation to one seat per member.

AN OPTIONAL PRE-PERFORMANCE LUNCH PARTY WILL BE ARRANGED, NORMALLY AT LA BALLERINA RESTAURANT.

A strong demand may result in a draw for tickets. Will YOU be one of the fortunate forty?  Be in it to win it! Tickets are still subject to confirmation.

If you wish to be entered into the draw, you will need to notify Mrs. Ute Lynch, our Hon. Membership Secretary well before May 31st 2019. You will need to indicate your wish on the booking form (even if you normally book for the talks on line) and you will need to post it to Ute with your contact details, or email her at: membership@nullgbrussia.org. YOU CANNOT BOOK FOR THIS VIA WORLD PAY.

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Dear Members and friends

Thank You for your support and attendance over the years,

This is my valedictory programme of talks and events, as I am retiring and the new Talks Organizer will be Mr. Lincoln Pigman from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He is bilingual, and has excellent contacts for speakers. Please give him your full and active support.

We have been privileged to hear from some outstanding specialists over the years, but I would like to think that this my final programme overall is as good as or possibly maybe even better than anything previously. So with the pleasant summer weather, let us see You in record numbers. Nothing pleases a Talks Organizer or the Speaker more than a full auditorium.

With Best Wishes to You all.

Daniel Salbstein.

 

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