‘An evening with the descendants of the Pasternak family, talking about the lives and work of artist Leonid Pasternak, father of Boris Pasternak, and his daughters Josephine and Lydia, who lived in England for most of their lives after emigrating with their father in 1921 to Berlin, and coming to England in the 1930s. Boris and his brother remained in Russia. The talk will be given by three of Leonid’s grandchildren: Michael, Ann and Nicolas Pasternak Slater – niece and nephews of Boris Pasternak.
Nicolas, Michael and Ann Pasternak Slater will give an account of the emigration of the Pasternaks and why and how they came to England. Mathematician Michael Pasternak Slater will talk about Josephine’s poetry, autobiography and mathematical-philosophical work. Translator and writer Nicolas Pasternak Slater and literary scholar and translator Ann Pasternak Slater will talk about their mother Lydia Pasternak Slater – her writings and translations, followed by a recording of her reading her translation of Boris Pasternak’s ‘Hamlet’. They will also talk about Leonid Pasternak and his paintings.’ (PH)