The judges of the Rossica Translation Prize for 2014 faced an embarrassment of riches. The long-list was exceptionally strong this year, and included many new and gifted translators who will be shaping the reception of Russian literature in English for years to come. No less promisingly, it also included a large number of important works translated into English for the first time. All the long-listed translators and publishers are to be congratulated on what can truthfully be called an urozhainyi god, or ‘year of plenty’.
3 November, Saturday, 8 pm
4 November, Sunday, 2:30 pm | 8 November, Thursday, 6 pm
Dir. Mikhail Segal
The film, divided into four separate stories, takes off when the manuscript of a young writer is sent to a publishing house and begins to influence the life of everybody who opens it and reads even a single page >>>
8 November, Thursday, 8 pm
Dir. Alexei Balabanov
Four passengers rush in a huge black jeep along an empty road in search of the “Bell Tower of Happiness”. The Bell Tower makes people disappear. But it does not accept everyone. Each of the four passengers believes that he or she will be chosen >>>
10 November, Saturday, 8 pm
11 November, Sunday, 6 pm
Dir. Renata Litvinova
Renata Litinova’s latest film is a haunting fairytale far beyond the world of the Brothers Grimm >>>
26 March - 21 April 2012, Pushkin House
This hugely successful, sell-out play which captivated Russian and English speaking audiences alike in 2009/2010 returns for a strictly limited run this Easter.
Tolstoy's spirit returns to ancient lands: James Meek finds the power that Count Leo Tolstoy still holds over Russia's soul beating strongly in the heart of the novelist's great great grandson - the new director of his old estate, Yasnaya Polyana
by Vladimir Megre
Translated by John Woodsworth
The Ringing Cedars, 2008, pp. 227
"Anastasia", the first book of the Ringing Cedars Series, tells the story of entrepreneur Vladimir Megre's trade trip to the Siberian taiga in 1995, where he witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena connected with sacred 'ringing cedar' trees.