Moments of Moral Choice
“JE DIRAI NON, MIO PADRE”: Moments of Moral Choice in the Work of Vasily Grossman, Andrey Platonov and Varlam Shalamov.
A seminar with Robert Chandler
Senate House, Malet St, London WC1 6 December, 5:30pm
The seminar, which is open to all, begins at 5:30pm in the Bloomsbury Room (G35) on the ground floor of Senate House (south block), Malet Street, WC1.The talk will be followed by questions and discussion, and then by a glass of wine.
Vasily Grossman and Andrey Platonov were close friends, and Grossman gave the main speech at Platonov’s funeral. Varlam Shalamov greatly admired Platonov’s work; the hero of one of his stories is based on Platonov. Though Shalamov and Grossman did not know each other, they were both, in the mid-1950s, writing some of the first Soviet accounts of the Gulag. Their testimonies remain unsurpassed. Chandler will be examining the connections – and disagreements – between these three writers, all of whom he has translated.