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Varlam Shalamov: Left Bank

  • Where: Montmartre Gallery
  • When: September 18, 2013, 19:00 – 21:00

Evening dedicated to Varlam Shalamov (1907–1982), one of the most important of the “Gulag writers”. The first speaker will be Russian studies expert Jan Machonin, who translated the second part of the writer’s selected writings Left Bank. Valery Yesipov, a Russian literary historian and leading expert on Shalamov’s life and work, will then present his recently published biography of the writer and discuss less well known and controversial moments of Shalamov’s life. The legendary American Slavic Studies expert John Glad, who did the first English translation of The Kolyma Tales (published in the US in 1980) and helped Shalamov win fame around the world, will discuss how the author’s manuscripts made it to the West and the circumstances surrounding their publication abroad.

The evening is part of the international conference “The Law on Decay Resistance”: The Singularities of the Prose and Poetry of Varlam Shalamov and Their Perception in the 21stCentury.

Organisers: Slavic Library of the National Library of the Czech Republic’s, civic association, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

Partners: Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, Moscow’s Institute of Translation, Museum of Czech Literature, Committed Non-Party Members Foundation, Václav Havel Library, GplusG publishing house.


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