Oliver Ready Book Launch

Oliver Ready Book Launch

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
RESC Library Reading Room
Speaker(s): 
Professor Andrew Kahn (St Edmund Hall)
Dr Oliver Ready (St Antony's)
Convenor: 
Dr Oliver Ready (St Antony's)

All are welcome to the launch of Oliver Ready’s new book, Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013 (Peter Lang), at St Antony’s on Tuesday 16 May.

Professor Andrew Kahn, the editor of the series in which the book appears, will say a few words, and the author will give a brief talk about all things holy - and wholly - foolish in recent Russian writing. There will be drinks, and there will be copies of the book for sale (at the discounted price of £33). 

Place and time: RESC Library Reading Room, St Antony’s College, at 5.30 pm, May 16. (Please ask at the Lodge for directions, if you are unsure.)

Oliver Ready is a Research Fellow at St Antony’s, and a Departmental Lecturer in the Sub-Faculty of Russian.

https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/11304

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From the back cover:

The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual, and intellectual identity. In literature, the figure of the fool – and the voice of the fool – has carried additional appeal as an enduring source of comic and stylistic innovation. 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.

Persisting in Folly traces three contrasting phases within this period: the ‘praise of folly’ that underpins acknowledged samizdat masterpieces by Venedikt Erofeev, Yuz Aleshkovsky, and Sasha Sokolov; the sceptical appraisals of the Russian cult of the fool offered in the 1980s by Viktor Erofeev and Dmitry Galkovsky; and the legacy of this conflicted tradition in post-Soviet prose. By combining close readings with a rich comparative and contextual framework, this book charts a new path through recent Russian literature and offers a wide-ranging consideration of the causes and consequences of Russian writers’ enduring quest for wisdom through folly.

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