Translating Anna Nerkagi and Yuri Rytkheu

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Translating Anna Nerkagi and Yuri Rytkheu

Monday, 30 May 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Nissan Lecture Theatre
Dr Irina Sadovina (Sheffield) & Ilona Chavasse (Unbound Publishing)
Dr Oliver Ready (St Antony's)
Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Monday Seminar

Anna Nerkagi (born 1952) is a Nenets writer and social activist, who has returned to the nomadic way of life in the Yamal Peninsula, Siberia. She writes in Russian. She currently lives and works near the village Laborovaya in the Yamal tundra, educating Nenets children.

Yuri Sergeyevich Rytkheu (1930-2008) was a writer who wrote both in Chukchi and Russian. He was born in Chukotka in the Russian Far East, but later lived principally in Leningrad/St Petersburg. He is considered to be the father of Chukchi literature.

Dr Irina Sadovina teaches Russian and is Coordinator for Slavonic Languages at the University of Sheffield. She has researched alternative spirituality in Russia. 

Ilona Chavasse is Head of Rights at Unbound Publishing and a translator from Russian (including Rytkheu's A Dream in Polar Fog, The Chukchi Bible, and When the Whales Leave).