Join the shortlisted authors and jurors for the unveiling of the 2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Winner in the atmospheric Charterhouse, London. The prize, now in its 7th year, rewards the very best non-fiction writing about the Russian speaking world. Early bird and Friends of Pushkin House tickets now on sale.
Amid the chaos and violence of the 1905 Revolution in Russia, the Tsar’s opponents printed and distributed vast quantities of picture postcards. Easy to share, hide and smuggle, postcards were a way to beat the censor and spread a message of defiance. In this talk, author Tobie Mathew will draw on his extensive research into this topic, that led to the publication of this startling and original book. Mathew will give a richly illustrated overview of opposition postcards under the Tsars, showing how this vibrant new form of communication served to spread revolutionary belief and disrupt the Imperial status quo.
MANUSCRIPTS BURN: ON TRANSLATING CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE WORKS OF WITNESS WITH KATHERINE E. YOUNG
American poet and translator Katherine E. Young discusses the ethical and practical challenges translators face when working with contemporary Russian-language literature that involves protest, dissent, and/or witness in its home culture. The talk will include readings from Young’s recent translations of Akram Aylisli’s Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works (a book that was burned in Azerbaijan in 2013) and Xenia Emelyanova, Inna Kabysh, Lyudmyla Khersonska, and Iya Kiva, poets writing on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.
Join us for an evening with food writer and curator of dining experiences, Alissa Timoshkina. She will speak about her debut cookbook Salt&Time: recipes from the Russian kitchen, in which she transforms perceptions of the food of the former Soviet Union and in particular her home Siberia – the crossroads of Eastern European and Central Asian cuisine – with a collection of 100 inviting recipes adapted for modern tastes and Western kitchens. In conversation with Zuka Zak - author of the best selling Polish cookbook ‘Polska’. A glass of wine and canapes are included in the ticket price.
In The Man Who Shook His Fist at the Tsar - Jack Robertson explores the historical backdrop to this work by Pushkin which is revered in Russia but comparatively unknown in the West. He provides a new verse translation of the poem, written in modern accessible English, and reveals a side to Pushkin as much more than a poet and playwright - he was also a serious historian who identified with and gave voice to the radical tradition in Russia. Join author Jack Robertson in conversation with Pushkin House Director Clem Cecil.
One of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina combines penetrating psychological insight with an encyclopedic depiction of life in 1870s Russia. Tolstoy scholar Dr Rosamund Bartlett, author of a major new translation for Oxford World's Classics, will be in conversation with Dr Rachel Polonsky of Cambridge University (author of Molotov's Magic Lantern). Dip in to your Anna Karenina and come and join the the discussion. Language: in English.
Language: in English
Nadezhda Teffi is a recently rediscovered writer whose genius with the short form made her a literary star in pre-revolutionary Russia, beloved by Tsar Nicholas II and Lenin alike. Two translators of the new Pushkin Press collection of Teffi's stories, Robert Chandler and Anne-Marie Jackson, talk about the whirlwind life and work of a Russian emigre writer.
Evgenia Ginzburg's 'Into the Whirlwind', with Sir Rodric Braithwaite and Professor Catherine Merridale
Language: in English
Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British Ambassador to Moscow and Professor Catherine Merridale, winner of this year's Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, discuss Evgeniya Ginzburg's beautiful, classic memoir of the Gulag, Into the Whirlwind to mark the launch of the new Persephone Press edition.
Pushkin House Russian Book Club: Ukraine Series: Gogol: 'Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka' and 'Mirgorod'
Language: in English
Dr Oliver Ready and Professor Donald Rayfield open the long-awaited Pushkin House Russian Book Club with a guided tour of some of the most bizarre and brilliant stories by the famous Russian-Ukrainian author, from Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka and Mirgorod. This month's book club affords everyone - regardless of their Russian reading skills - a trip deep into the strange, phantasmagorical, hyper-real world of Gogol's Ukrainian countrysidel. And how does Gogol's writing illuminate the sibling relationship between the two nations today?