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Host: Shute Festival
Location: Shute Primary School, Shute, Axminster, Devon EX13 7QR
Speaker: Rosamund Bartlett
Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, biographer and translator, and an acknowledged authority on Russian cultural history. The author of Chekhov: Scenes From a Life (2004), and Tolstoy: A Russian Life (2010), she has also published a number of books and articles in the field of Russian music, and the first uncensored edition of Chekhov's letters. Her translations of Chekhov's stories and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina have been greeted with acclaim. After spending fifteen years as an academic in the US and the UK, she now divides her time between Oxford and Sydney, where she is an Honorary Associate in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University, and a popular lecturer at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Rosamund will talk about the relationship between Chekhov and Tolstoy, placing this celebrated relationship in the political climate of late imperial Russia, and showing how Chekhov’s short stories and plays subtly challenged the towering edifice of Tolstoy’s literary output.
Rosamund has written the introduction to our forthcoming new title The Russian Soul: Selections from A Writer's Diary by Fyodor Dostoevsky, published 1st September 2017 as part of our growing Classic Collection.More Information