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Inside the Gift of Work: the poet Marina Tsvetaeva and the artist Natalia Goncharova
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Inside the Gift of Work: the poet Marina Tsvetaeva and the artist Natalia Goncharova

To coincide with the Tate’s new exhibition of Natalia Goncharova’s paintings, Pushkin House presents a talk by University of Sheffield academic Adam Fergus on Marina Tsvetaeva’s commentary on Goncharova’s paintings, and the interactions and connections between these two monumental figures of the avant-garde.

In English

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BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”, Talk with OLGA VORONINA
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”, Talk with OLGA VORONINA

This talk explores Bulgakov’s life (1891-1940) and The Master and Margarita as a story of surviving in Stalinist Russia. Presented by Dr.Olga Voronina who has taught at the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham, St. Andrews and University College Oxford before returning to The School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL in 2017. This event is organised by the GB-Russia Society and tickets are only available from the GB-Russia Society website: www.gbrussia.org

In English

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THE LIFE AND WORK OF YURI DOMBROVSKY (1909-1978):  THE UNKNOWN GREAT WRITER OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE 
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

THE LIFE AND WORK OF YURI DOMBROVSKY (1909-1978):  THE UNKNOWN GREAT WRITER OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE 

David Brummell will give a talk about 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 Russian literature of the 20th century.  This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English, with a recital of Dombrovsky's poems in Russian and English translation

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Mud and Stars: An Illustrated Talk with author Sara Wheeler
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Mud and Stars: An Illustrated Talk with author Sara Wheeler

Join the award-winning writer Sara Wheeler for an illustrated talk about her new book Mud and Stars: Travels with  Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age. To write this book Sara travelled across eight time zones in Russia, from rinsed north-western beetroot fields and far-eastern Arctic tundra where Chukchi still hunt walrus to the cauldron of ethnic soup that is the Caucasus. Her guides were the writers of the Golden Age, Pushkin to Tolstoy via Gogol and Turgenev.

In English

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GROSSMAN, STALINGRAD, VIKTOR SHTRUM & LEV SHTRUM: a talk by Robert Chandler & Tatiana Dettmer
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

GROSSMAN, STALINGRAD, VIKTOR SHTRUM & LEV SHTRUM: a talk by Robert Chandler & Tatiana Dettmer

Vasily Grossman’s 1960 novel Life and Fate has been hailed as a 20th century War and Peace. It is, however, only the second half of a dilogy, the first half of which was published in 1952. Robert Chandler will talk about translating the first novel, Stalingrad, and German-Ukrainian historian Tatiana Dettmer will discuss her own very recent discovery: the existence of a real-life model for the hero of the two novels — Lev Shtrum, a nuclear physicist working in Kiev in the 1920s and early 1930s. This event is organised by Pushkin Club, and all are welcome.

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SOLD OUT: CHERNOBYL: HISTORY OF A TRAGEDY: A TALK BY SERHII PLOKHY
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

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

Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme: 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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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Stories from twenty-first century Russia
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Stories from twenty-first century Russia

Join us for an evening with one of Russia’s best contemporary writers Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety miles outside Moscow. He will speak about his new book Rock, Paper, Scissors and Other Stories. In the tradition of Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, he draws on his experiences in medicine to write stories of great subtlety and striking insight. With translator Alex Fleming. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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Бессилие добра, родина-ведьма и другие парадоксы русской литературы
Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Бессилие добра, родина-ведьма и другие парадоксы русской литературы

Филолог и культуролог Михаил Эпштейн, автор книги "Ирония идеала. Парадоксы русской литературы", изданной недавно по-русски и по-английски, предлагает взглянуть на русскую классику с неожиданной стороны. Многие из найденных им парадоксов позволяют по-новому осмыслить пути и перепутья новейшей российской истории. Мероприятие организовано совместно с Англо-Русским Клубом в Лондоне.

На русском языке

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SOLD OUT: We're All Gangsters Now: Russian Organised Crime Today and Tomorrow  - a talk by Mark Galeotti
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT: We're All Gangsters Now: Russian Organised Crime Today and Tomorrow - a talk by Mark Galeotti

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. Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme.

In English

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MAYBE ESTHER: An Evening with Author Katja Petrowskaja in Conversation with Catherine Taylor
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

MAYBE ESTHER: An Evening with Author Katja Petrowskaja in Conversation with Catherine Taylor

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. Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme.

In English

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Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia

What makes Vladimir Putin powerful? Graeme Robertson and Sam Greene's new book tells the story of Putin’s power from the bottom-up, through the voices and experiences of ordinary Russians and elites alike. Unearthing the ambitions, emotions and divisions that fuel Russian politics, Putin v the People illuminates the crossroads at which Russia has arrived and shows why Putin’s rule may be more fragile than it appears. In conversation with Catherine Belton, the FT's former Moscow correspondent.

In English

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GREETINGS FROM THE BARRICADES: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

GREETINGS FROM THE BARRICADES: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia

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. 

In English

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MANUSCRIPTS BURN: ON TRANSLATING CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE WORKS OF WITNESS WITH KATHERINE E. YOUNG
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

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.

In English

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You are what you eat: Russian food and identity with Alissa Timoshkina
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

You are what you eat: Russian food and identity with Alissa Timoshkina

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 English

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Pushkin the Radical: The Dystopian Vision of his Masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Pushkin the Radical: The Dystopian Vision of his Masterpiece, The Bronze Horseman

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.

In English

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PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB: ANNA KARENINA, WITH DR ROSAMUND BARTLETT AND DR RACHEL POLONSKY
Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB: ANNA KARENINA, WITH DR ROSAMUND BARTLETT AND DR RACHEL POLONSKY

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.

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Talk About Teffi - A Russian Writer Rediscovered
Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

Talk About Teffi - A Russian Writer Rediscovered

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.

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Evgenia Ginzburg's 'Into the Whirlwind', with Sir Rodric Braithwaite and Professor Catherine Merridale
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Evgenia Ginzburg's 'Into the Whirlwind', with Sir Rodric Braithwaite and Professor Catherine Merridale

SOLD OUT

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. 

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Pushkin House Russian Book Club: Ukraine Series: Gogol: 'Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka' and 'Mirgorod'
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

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?

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