Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Russian Literature Week 2014

"Hemingway acknowledged that he would not have known Leo Tolstoy and Fedor Dostoevsky if not for the translations of Constance Garnett.  How could we learn about other cultures and civilizations without reading their literature?  And how could we do that without translation, the most vital and underappreciated art?"--Antonia W. Bouis, Read Russia Anthology

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Russian Literature Week is held annually from December 1st to December 5th in New York, with some online events. It is described as “a celebration of Russian literature in translation featuring distinguished authors, translators, editors, publishers, journalists, filmmakers, broadcasters, & arts, education, and cultural institutions." This year they are celebrating new translations from a large variety of publishers and producers.

The group that organizes this annual event is known as Read Russia. They were founded in 2012 and they have locations in Moscow, New York, and London. They support English translation and publication of Russian works. In addition, they provide international audiences with opportunities to interact with Russia's literary leaders and heritage.


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