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PUSHKIN HOUSE: Schools for Fools: The Cult of Folly in Recent Russian Writing

June 20, 2017 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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‘The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual and intellectual identity. Never has this appeal been stronger than in the past half-century, whether as a reaction to the «scientific atheism» and official culture of the late-socialist era, or as a response to the intellectual and moral disorientation that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In his new book, Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013 (Peter Lang), Oliver Ready traces three contrasting phases within this period: the «praise of folly» that underpins acknowledged samizdat masterpieces by (among others) Venedikt Erofeev, Yuz Aleshkovsky, and Sasha Sokolov; the sceptical appraisals of the Russian cult of the fool offered in the 1980s by such writers as Viktor Erofeev and Dmitry Galkovsky; and the legacy of this conflicted tradition in post-Soviet prose.
In this talk, he will discuss his findings and consider the causes and consequences of Russian writers’ enduring quest for wisdom through folly.’ (PH)

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June 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£7 (£5)
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