Why is Russian literature not translated into English as much as other literatures?
The latest in Natasha Perova's reflections for our New Russian Writing asks this question. See her article Post-Frankfurt Reflections:
"This October I went as usual to the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is the world’s largest and most representative book fair and reflects the situation in and sets the trends for the international book world. The fact that interest in contemporary Russian fiction is only marginal was no news to me, but I tried to understand the current reasons for it and whether there is anything to be done about it. It was reported that the number of translations published in the UK and US rose 20% in the last two years. However, the number of translations from Russian fell dramatically. Is the reason only political? It can’t be. I wonder what SRF readers think is the real reason."
The Glasgow University Russian Speaking Society organised a very interesting videoconference with Grigory Chkhartishvili (Boris Akunin) recently and you can hear the conversation here. Keep an eye on the GURSS Facebook page for news of future events - eg an interview (live this time) with Tatiana Tolstaya in January.
...... Read the rest of this article on http://www.scotlandrussiaforum.org/writers.html#frankfurt
And let us know what you think!
Glasgow Uni Eastern & Central Eur Languages on Facebook
Keep an eye on their new Facebook page for news of Russian, Czech, Polish etc at Glasgow. Not least as the Russian dept plans celebrations for its 100th anniversary next year.
Old New Year Ball in Edinburgh
Members of the Russian community are holding a masked ball on 14 January at the Caledonian Hotel. Sounds like a glittering occasion. More information: Oxana Rogovets firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas cards and gifts
When you buy your Christmas cards and gifts this year please consider supporting Ecologia Youth Trust, ChildAid and St Gregorys (all British charities supporting children in Russia and her neighbours).
Akunin in conversation with members of the GURSS
5th Moffat Russian Conference
Moffat Book Events held its 5th Russian Conference in Moffat in late October, this year with the topic "Poets and Power". There was a lot of coverage in the local and Russian press, eg this report on Annandale TV and an article on the website of conference sponsor the Institute of Translation.
Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowships in Russia
The Likhachev Foundation have announced their annual competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from 15 to 28 May 2017 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers. Deadline for applications 15 February 2017. More information on http://cf.lfond.spb.ru/.
Erayim Aid Trust teaching opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic
For details of opportunities for teacher training, voluntary English teaching and English/Russian language exchange see: