Counting down to D-Day!

We are all set for our Dostoevsky Day on 19 February, and we have two piece of good news.

Firstly, our guest Oliver Ready‘s translation of Crime and Punishment has been shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize. We wish Oliver every success.

Secondly, Eduard Chasovitin, the creative force behind Adipictures Dostoevsky Film and the designer of the artwork for our Dostoevsky Day, has made us a short welcome cartoon. Enjoy!

Dostoevsky Day: 150 years since the first publication of Crime and Punishment

To commemorate the publication anniversary of this iconic landmark of Russian literature, the University of Leeds invites you to an afternoon of events devoted to the author Fyodor Dostoevsky on Friday 19 February 2016, featuring talks, screenings of film and photography,  interactive web art and games.

For the full programme, see our previous Events posting.

The event is free of charge, and open to all.

For any enquiries please email dostoevskynow@gmail.com or tweet us @dostoevskynow.

All welcome!

Dostoevsky Day Programme!

Dostoevsky Day
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Crime and Punishment
Friday 19 February 2016
Room B10, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane

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14:00     Welcome and introduction

14:15     Discovering Crime and Punishment

Screening of an extract from the BBC’s 2002 adaptation of the novel, followed by discussion.

15:00     Translating Crime and Punishment

Oliver Ready (St Antony’s College, Oxford), translator of the 2014 Penguin edition of the novel, talks to Jacob Blakesley (Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds).

16:00     Being Dostoevsky

The work of Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, performance artist and Dostoevsky impersonator, displayed and discussed by Olga Andreevskikh (PhD student, University of Leeds).

16:30     Playing Dostoevsky

Eduard Chasovitin‘s Dostoevsky-inspired online games and web art, explored by Dan Fuller (PhD student, University of Leeds) in an interactive session. Bring your tablets/smartphones!

17:00     Re-imagining Crime and Punishment’s detective

R. N. Morris, author of a series of detective novels featuring Crime and Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich, talks to Sarah Hudspith (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds).

18:00     Concluding remarks, followed by Dostoevsky-themed quiz in The Packhorse pub (Woodhouse Lane). Prizes featuring original artwork!

Next reading group meeting Wednesday 9 December

The next meeting of the Crime and Punishment reading group will be Wednesday 9 December at 16:00 in SR10, Emmanuel Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

This week we will focus on the police investigation and Raskolnikov’s interaction with Porfiry Petrovich.

If you missed the first week, you can still join, in person, on the blog or on Twitter! It’s recommended to read at least up to the end of Part III of the novel for this week.

Save the date! Leeds Dostoevsky Day 19 February 2016

We look forward to inviting you to our Dostoevsky Day on Friday 19 February 2016 at the University of Leeds, featuring discussion, films, games and more.

Confirmed speaker: Dr Oliver Ready, St Antony’s College, Oxford, translator of a new edition of Crime and Punishment (Penguin, 2014).

More details to follow soon.

Open to all!

Crime and Punishment reading group

Klodt_Michail_Petrovich_-_Raskolnikov_and_Marmeladov2016 will be the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a reading group on the novel. The group is open to anyone, and we hope it will be a friendly space where people can share their impressions of this wonderful book.

You can find Crime and Punishment for free in downloadable format or to read online here:
https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/d/dostoyevsky/d72c/index.html

There will be three meetings in person at the University of Leeds:
Where: Seminar room 10 in the Emmanuel Centre on Woodhouse Lane
Dates: Wednesday 18th November, Wednesday 9 December, Wednesday 27 January
Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm

In between these meetings, the discussion will continue via the Dostoevsky Now blog and on Twitter.

Please join us, in person, online, or both!