One of the things Odessa has going for it is a cultural tradition like no other, established by Babel and his boisterous landsmen. Some of these Odessans — like the poet Eduard Bagritsky, the singer Leonid Utyosov, and the prose writers Yury Olesha, Ilya Ilf, and Evgeny Petrov — are still famous today; others have been forgotten. In the 1920s, their writings and popular songs infused Soviet culture with a new “Southern” flavor, a spicy blend of Russian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish unique to their hometown. For a translator of Odessan texts, the question of whether this blend was a language all its own or a dialect is beside the point. What matters is what one does with it.
An evening organised by Pushkin Club commemorating Father Alexander Men’ (22 January 1935 – 9 September 1990) by an event which will be dedicated to Russian poetry on religious and spiritual themes.
Vladimir Putin has acquired an extraordinary status in his twenty years at Russia's helm, variously the Machiavellian architect of all the West's woes, a patriotic strongman who had dragged his country from the verge of collapse, an opportunistic kleptocrat-mafioso, and an icon of traditional values abandoned in the West. The truth is, of course, somewhere in between and Mark Galeotti, author of the popular primer We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury, 2019), will discuss the man, his evolution, and what may follow.
Please join us for an evening of conversation shedding light on Andrei Tarkovsky's time in London in the 1980s, with his former assistant, theatre and opera director Irina Brown, and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes. The evening will also feature hitherto unseen private photographs of Tarkovsky, taken by Brown at the time, and some excerpts of his public talks, given at Riverside Studios (1983 & 1984) and at St James’, Piccadilly (1984).
В докладе Светланы МакМиллин будет рассмотрено, как в судьбе и литературном наследстве Георгия Владимова (1931-2003), прекрасного писателя и выдающегося правозащитника поразительным образом отразились все важнейшие этапы советской и ранней постсоветской истории.
На русском языке.
In collaboration with the British Georgian Society, Pushkin House presents a discussion and reading from Nino Haratischvili’s internationally bestselling novel The Eighth Life (for Brilka). Nino Haratischvili will be in conversation with Tom de Waal of the British Georgian Society on the subject of her book and the wider historical narratives it explores, accompanied by readings from the book's English translators, Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin.
Nicolas Pasternak Slater presents and reads extracts from his new translation of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. Maya Slater, the Picture Editor, will present some of the 68 illustrations by Leonid Pasternak (the author’s father and translator’s grandfather), discussing their stories and explaining some of their unexpected associations with the novel.
Nestled in the South Downs National Park is an extraordinary new creation by architect Adam Richards, built for his family and drawing on sources as varied as Vanbrugh, Roman ruins and Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. There will be a presentation on the house, with images, followed by a Q&A with Pushkin House Director, Clem Cecil House.
An evening with John Crowfoot, who will talk about Simeon Vilensky. Simeon Vilensky (1928-2016) ended his long life, nationally and internationally recognised, and an honoured member of Alexander Yakovlev’s Commission for the Victims of Political Repression. Yet he could so easily have disappeared into one of the many thousands of unmarked graves in the Gulag. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.
An evening with artist Margarita Gluzberg, in conversation with writer, critic and cultural theorist Tom McCarthy to discuss Gluzberg’s ‘In Paradise’. The exhibition explores her childhood, 40 years after leaving the Soviet Union and 40 years since Andrei Tarkovsky's classic sci-fi drama ‘Stalker’ was made. Stalker remains a radically current film touching on major cultural and existential themes. It follows a journey through the restricted Zone to the infamous room that can grant any wish. When Gluzberg left Moscow, the West itself represented a forbidden Zone that held infinite promise.
2019 was a monumental year for Ukrainian politics with Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably capturing the presidency, and his Servant of the People party achieving the first overall Rada majority in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. While the course of the Zelenskiy administration is difficult to project, given the ongoing conflict in the Donbass, Crimea, and his own lack of political background, the elections themselves are a milestone in Ukraine’s democratic transition. This roundtable will explore the implications more deeply.
A lecture and presentation with photographer Christopher Herwig followed by a Q&A discussing his latest project - Soviet Metro Stations, a new book from Fuel Publishing. The book goes far beyond the obvious chandelier beauty of the Moscow Metro and explores the systems of 15 cities across 6 countries from the former USSR.
Often caricatured as a rubber stamp legislature, the Duma plays an important role in Russian politics and policy. In an informal system, where political power depends on catching the Kremlin’s notice, the Duma is a key venue for both political theatre as well as policy development. This talk aims to shine more light on one of the most under appreciated-elements of the Russian government.