Dmitry Bykov

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THE MAYA BRIN RESIDENCY PRESENTS:

THE SOVIET LEGACY: DMITRY BYKOV

Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the theme of the Soviet past has taken on new relevance. The authoritarian rule of Vladimir Putin, the return of a resource-based economy, the resurgence of represssive politics in relation to any group or individual deemed disloyal, the failure to reform the inhumane penal system—together produce a striking sense of déjà vu and stimulate critical reflection about the Soviet legacy.

Dmitry Bykov, a journalist, poet, critic, radio personality, novelist, and one of the few figures in contemporary Russia who can be called a public intellectual, is visiting campus as our first Maya Brin Resident. His strong opinions on politics, history, literature, film, education, and mass media resonate across a broad spectrum of reform-minded society and galvanize debates on a variety of topics. At the same time, his mischievously artistic personality is expressed in fizzy poetic improvisations in Moscow’s intellectual clubs. Bykov’s recent political satires in verse, Poet and Citizen, weave together civic traditions of prerevolutionary Russian intelligentsia and postmodernist cosmopolitan creativity. His book on Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr. Zhivago, is one of the longest bestselling biographies to have come out in Russia in the last decade. In his fiction and journalism, Bykov promotes an original version of Russian history as a “cyclical matrix” – very persistent, but not unbreakable. In several public appearances, he will shed light on the question of the Soviet legacy in Russia today.

 

EVENTS


POETRY READING

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

4:30-6:00 pm

Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 0106

In Russian

Dmitry Bykov will read aloud from his poetry.

 

SYMPOSIUM: THE SOVIET LEGACY

Friday, November 1, 2013

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

St. Mary’s Hall, Multipurpose Room

In English

Roundtable with Dmitry Bykov: How can the Soviet legacy in contemporary Russia be conceptualized?

List of Speakers

David Brandenberger, University of Richmond

Kate Brown, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Sarah Cameron, University of Maryland, College Park

Michael David-Fox, Georgetown University

Mikhail Dolbilov, University of Maryland, College Park

Serguei A. Oushakine, Princeton University

Kevin M. F. Platt, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Rollberg, George Washington University

Catherine Schuler, University of Maryland, College Park

 

PUBLIC LECTURE: STALIN AS THE ADDRESSEE OF SOVIET LITERATURE

Friday, November 1, 2013

5:00-7:00 pm

McKeldin Library Special Events Room (rm 6137)

Reception to Follow

 

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