PUSHKIN HOUSE 2019 BOOK PRIZE DINNER & CEREMONY

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:30pm  

Join the shortlisted authors and jurors for the unveiling of the 2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Winner in the atmospheric Charterhouse, London.

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MAYBE ESTHER: AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR KATJA PETROWSKAJA IN CONVERSATION WITH CATHERINE TAYLOR

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 7.00pm 

Shortlisted for the 2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Katja Petrowskaja’s family story Maybe Esther is inextricably entangled with the history of 20th-century Europe. There is her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomat in Moscow in 1932 and was sentenced to death. There is her Ukrainian grandfather, who disappeared during WWII and reappeared forty years later. And there is her great-grandmother – whose name may or may not have been Esther – who was too old and frail to leave Kiev when the Jews there were rounded up, and was killed by a Nazi outside her house. In English.

 
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WE'RE ALL GANGSTERS NOW: RUSSIAN ORGANISED CRIME TODAY AND TOMORROW: A TALK BY MARK GALEOTTI

Monday, June 3, 2019, 7.00pm

In a sequel to his sold-out talk last year, Mark Galeotti - author of The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia (Yale, 2018), one of the shortlisted books for the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize - returns to the shadows. Whereas before he looked especially at the gory past of the Russian vorovskoi mir, its feared underworld subculture, now he will be turning his eyes to the current situation at home and abroad, and its likely evolution. While one embittered Russian investigator told him that everyone is a gangster now, Mark will explain why he remains "unfashionably optimistic" about Russia's future. In English.

This event is in association with the London Russian Book Club, one of the Pushkin House Book Prize sponsors.

 

CHERNOBYL: HISTORY OF A TRAGEDY: A TALK BY SERHII PLOKHY

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7.00pm 

On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than five percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. In English.

 
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TO SEE PARIS AND DIE: THE SOVIET LIVES OF WESTERN CULTURE: A TALK BY ELEONORY GILBURD

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7.00pm

The Soviet Union was a notoriously closed society until Stalin’s death in 1953. Then, in the mid-1950s, a torrent of Western novels, films, and paintings invaded Soviet streets and homes, acquiring heightened emotional significance. To See Paris and Die is a history of this momentous opening to the West. Eleonory Gilburd explores the pleasure, longing, humiliation, and anger that Soviet citizens felt as they found themselves in the midst of this cross-cultural encounter. The main protagonists of To See Paris and Die are small-town teachers daydreaming of faraway places, college students vicariously discovering a wider world, and factory engineers striving for self-improvement. They invested Western imports with political and personal significance, transforming foreign texts into intimate belongings. In English.



 
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1983: THE WORLD AT THE BRINK: A TALK BY TAYLOR DOWNING

Monday, June 24, 2019, 7pm

1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles. This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. Taylor Downing tells for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in 1983. In English.