Lev Rubinstein: Readings, Conversations about Russia Today

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Lev Rubinstein

Knafel Building, Room K262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

This event will be held in Russian, but English language translation will be available.

Moscow writer Lev Rubinstein will read from his work and engage in a wide-ranging conversation in a special Davis Center seminar. Rubinstein’s poetry and prose exemplify a striking aesthetic response to life in repressive times, one that emphasizes the artist’s freedom of expression and the power of humor and irony. 

Rubinstein rose to prominence as a poet whose wry lines of poetry were fashioned on library cards and created a serial form of poetic utterance like nothing else in the Russian tradition. A part of the Conceptualist school of late Soviet writing, he stood out for the minimalism of his verbal practices and the keen ear for speech registers and intonations.

Author of more than a dozen books in Russian, Rubinstein has also been very active as an essayist since the start of the 2000s. He has emerged as a public figure in attending marches, denouncing corruption, and speaking out for the rule of law. His prize-winning work has appeared in many languages in translation, including in English as Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), and Here I Am (GLAS, 2001).


Lev Rubinstein, Russian poet, essayist, and social activist
Moderated by Stephanie Sandler, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Davis Center

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. 

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.


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