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Two Russian Writers Speak on Literature in Totalitarian Society

Fri., Oct. 10; 4 p.m.

Ivan Akhmetev and Tatiana Neshumova

A public presentation by two of the leading voices in Russian literature is set for Friday, October 10 at 4 p.m. in Knight Library's Browsing Room. Ivan Akhmetev and Tatiana Neshumova will make a joint presentation entitled “The Life and Work of the Russian Poets of the 21st Century.” The two will present a poetry reading following the talk, and a reception will close the event. The lecture is free and open to the public.

There have been two previous lectures in this series:

  • Friday, October 3. Ivan Akhmetev, a renowned Russian poet and laureate of the Andrei Bely Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Russian Literature, presented a lecture on government suppression of Soviet-era literature. Entitled “Russian Poetry at the End of the Soviet Empire,” the talk explored the phenomenon of the “deep underground,” which involves authors who were suppressed by the government because of the nontraditional nature of the form and ideas of their verses.
  • Wednesday, October 8. Tatiana Neshumova, a poet and literary critic who has devoted most of her research to Russian Silver Age literature, discussed “‘Inner’ Emigration: Emigrating without Crossing Borders.” Her talk focused on the life and works of Russian writers V. Malakhieva-Mirovich, D. Usov, and E. Arkhippov.

The talks were sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, contact Julia Nemirovskaya, instructor, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies,; or Heghine Hakobyan, Slavic librarian, UO Libraries,

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