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09 April 2019
Hungary as terra incognita

14 April, our community of book lovers, The Tip of the Iceberg, is happy to invite the public to a meeting with a special guest from Saint Petersburg. The theme of the meeting is Hungary as a territory of most mysterious European literature.

Our speaker is Oxana Yakimenko, a senior lecturer at the Department of Finno-Ugric Philology (St. Petersburg State University), a member of the Union of Translators of Russia, the creator of the online guide of Hungarian XX century literature for Arzamas website, the project assisted by the Embassy of Hungary. The range of her professional activities is impressive: lecturing in three colleges, doing translation and interpretation at the highest level, producing masterful literary translations of books and actively promoting Hungarian literature through project work.

It is true that the Russian reader is vaguely familiar with Hungarian authors due to valid reasons, including not only the language difficulties, but also historical and political perturbations. In addition, the geography of Hungarian literature embraces Romanian Transylvania, Slovak Republic, Serbia and Transcarparthia. Should we pigeonhole Hungarian writers as Slavic authors? Which direction did the national literature of Hungary take after the events of 1989? What are some recent Russian translations and which of them should we care to read? These are the kind of topics Oxana Yakimenko will cover in her talk.

The questions we are going to address to our guest are not only about literature. We are curious to learn about travels in Hungary, about meetings with Hungarian writers, researchers and students, artists and politicians: what are they thinking, what do they strive for, what do they say about Russia and the Russians? We expect the audience to come up with their own ideas for a discussion with the guest speaker. The most interesting questions (and answers) will be appear in our library blog.

The meeting is at 13:00. Free entrance.

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