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Victor Sonkin, the author of this prize-winning guidebook to Ancient Rome, will talk about the everyday details of ancient Roman life, concentrating on (sometimes deceptively) simple questions of what the ancient Romans ate and drank for supper and how they calculated time. An authority on this culture, with public appearances from education, to television, and ship cruises, he makes the layers and quirks of history amusing, as much as his treatment is informative and in-depth.
Continue reading “Here was Rome”
- It is a truth universally acknowledged that Soviet literary translators were the best in the world (as well as cosmonauts and ballet dancers).
- What happened to them after the Perestroika?
- Does a new era require new translation principles?
- And where does this leave the reader?
Most fiction published in English is originally written in English. In many countries, including Russia, the situation is almost reversed, and translated fiction dominates the market. Borisenko and Sonkin will talk about Soviet-era translation and its influence, the great changes inpost-Soviet times, and the challenges that Russian literary translators encounter today.
Continue reading “Literary translation during the Soviet and Post Soviet period”
will speak about his experiences compiling the anthology 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution (Pushkin Press, 2016) and translating Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry (Pushkin Press, 2014) and Odessa Stories (Pushkin Press, 2016) and read stories from Red Cavalry.
Continue reading “Resurrecting the Revolution”
After his fearsome 1948 condemnation at the hands of the Union of Composers and Stalin’s ‘cultural’ henchman Andrey Zhdanov, Shostakovich was understandably careful about what he composed next and what he revealed in public. His position was undoubtedly dangerous. In the autumn of the same year he compiled a strikingly unusual song-cycle for three singers and piano: the texts were taken from a collection of Russian translations of Jewish lyrics, mostly originally in Yiddish but one or two Hebrew or Russian; the melodies he created were original but closely related to the style of ‘klezmer’ music which Shostakovich knew and loved. The ensemble of three singers gives almost the feeling of a chamber opera.
Continue reading “Shostakovich – From Jewish Folk Poetry”
English event at King’s College, Strand, on the day after. Follow this link!
“Мне кажется, что искусство — это, прежде всего, приближение к какой-то реальности, или какой-то правде, или, наоборот, к какому-то идеальному тексту, какой-то в условиях земного бытия невоплотимой красоте… Во всяком случае, к чему-то, чего мы никогда не достигаем и что, парадоксальным образом, всегда уже нам «дано», всегда уже есть, в нас и вокруг нас.”
Алексей Макушинский, Интервью в журнале Eclectic.
Continue reading “Чтение и разговор с писателем Алексеем Макушинским”
An evening of Yiddish and Russian Songs
by Yuri Vedenyapin
A perfect way to round off the week
Continue reading “Mame-loshn and Mother Tongue”
& Arkady Shtypel
Вечер поэтов и переводчиков Марии Галиной и Аркадия Штыпеля.
Стихи, переводы, разговоры oб Украине, на русском и украинском языках.
Continue reading “Україна в серці — Галина & Штыпель”
with poet and translator Arkady Shtypel
Поэт и переводчик Аркадий Штыпель представит свой проект перевода полного свода сонетов Шекспира, расскажет о принципах подхода к текстам и о том, почему поэты и переводчики спорят с канонической версией Маршака.
Оригинал Шекспира прочтет актриса Кристин Милворд.
Continue reading “Evening dedicated to William Shakespeare”
One after another they
into the light
creatures great and small
all of them strangers
all of them naked as the white
moths that skitter
only half surfacing
from the deep dream place
where they live
and from where they greet you
who arrive out of dark hedges
like sight clearing
or all at once
who stand and wait to address
your bright path
from Fiona Sampson – The Border
Continue reading “Fiona Sampson – Poetry in a Changing World”
We are happy to announce
that the performance of this heartily acclaimed piece is coming back on stage soon. With our original cast working on the material since our first run, new faces, a musical score to complement it.
If you were there, you’ll want to see it again. And if not, this is the version that we have all been waiting for. This time around, the stage is set in the red velvet twilight of our Sands Films cinema. Continue reading “MARINA TSVETAEVA’S КРЫСОЛОВ – THE RATCATCHER”