Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 - Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
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Globus Books is excited to invite you to an interview with Slava Tsukerman, the director of a cult classic "Liquid Sky." Tsukerman will talk about the production and history of the unique sci-fi movie with writer Zarina Zabrisky.
This event is in English and will take place on November 13, at 12.00 PM PST (SF), 3.00 PM PST (NY), 9.00 PM Central European Time.
There will be a limited number of seats; please contact Globus Books via FB messenger to register.
We will also be live streaming the event on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/GlobusBooksSF/videos) and later will share the edited version of the program.
What happens to the ideas of the arch modernist James Joyce when they are translated, imbibed, and creatively transformed in the work of Russian authors throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first?
In his recently released book, All Future Plunges to the Past: James Joyce in Russian Literature (Cornell UP, 2021), José Vergara examines precisely this question. He uses a series of key case studies—the novels of Yury Olesha, Vladimir Nabokov, Andrei Bitov, Sasha Sokolov, Mikhail Shishkin—to investigate Joyce’s reception in Soviet, émigré, and post-Soviet settings. In doing so, he uncovers not a monolithic “Russian Joyce,” but rather a series of different Joyces adopted and manifested in these writers’ texts.
To demonstrate how the debates regarding Joyce’s place in the Russian pantheon are no less settled one hundred years after Ulysses, Vergara interviewed contemporary writers, readers, and critics. In this talk, Vergara will be joined in conversation by one such figure, the acclaimed writer Aleksei Sal'nikov.
JOSÉ VERGARA is Assistant Professor of Russian at Bryn Mawr College. He specializes in prose of the long twentieth century, with an emphasis on experimental works. His first book, All Future Plunges to the Past: James Joyce in Russian Literature, examines Russian writers’ reception of Joyce’s fiction. It illuminates how they have used Joyce’s ideas as a critical lens to shape, prod, and constantly redefine their own place in literary history. He has published on authors including Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Shishkin, and Sasha Sokolov, among others, in a variety of journals, and his writing and interviews can also be found in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Asymptote, Words without Borders, and Music & Literature. He is now at work on a project dealing with contemporary Russian prison writing.
ALEKSEI SAL'NIKOV, poet and writer, was born in Tartu and lives in Ekaterinburg. He is the author of three acclaimed novels: The Department (2015), The Petrovs In and Around the Flu (2017), and Indirectly (2018). The Petrovs won the National Bestseller Prize in 2018 and the NOS Award’s critics’ prize in 2019. Indirectly was a Big Book Award finalist. Celebrated director Kirill Serebrennikov recently adapted Sal'nikov’s second novel; the film had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival under the name Petrov’s Flu.
ARMEN ZAKHARYAN is a philologist and translator based in Warsaw. He graduated from the Philological Department of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia and studied literary theory and criticism at Oxford University and translation theory at St. Petersburg State University and Cardiff University. He is the creator of the popular literary YouTube channel and podcast Armen and Fedor, which won the Russian Podcast Award (2019) and Blog-Post Award (2020). He is also the creator of the Joyce Project: a large-scale literary project in which several thousand participants read and discussed each chapter of Joyce’s novel Ulysses for eighteen consecutive weeks.
GLOBUS BOOKS is an independent bookstore serving San Francisco since 1971. It offers a wide-ranging stock of books on all things Russia. Globus is actively working with the libraries across the states on completing their holdings for Russian publications, both contemporary and out-of-print. The Globus Books team is well-known for its expertise in first editions of Russian literature, books on the Russian avant-garde, early imprints, and travel and voyage books. Under the new management, Globus strives to serve the Bay Area, bridging gaps, continuing cultural traditions, and giving voice to unrepresented communities in Russia and the US.
GLOBUS BOOKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL features several series of literary and cultural events on its YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/GlobusBooksSF), including Literary Translation Round Table, History/Anthropology, Playtime and Storytime for children, and more. The programs are produced by Zarina Zabrisky.
ZARINA ZABRISKY is the author of three short story collections and a novel "We, Monsters" (Numina Press, 2014). Zabrisky's work appeared in nine countries in over fifty literary magazines and anthologies, including The Nervous Breakdown, A Capella Zoo, The Rumpus, Guernica, and received nominations and awards, including the 2013 Acker Award for Avant-Garde Excellence.