Russian spirit: A lively evening of Russian ideas, poetry and music to celebrate the publication in English of Ravil Bukharaev’s Letters to Another Room

Russian spirit: A lively evening of Russian ideas, poetry and music to celebrate the publication in English of Ravil Bukharaev's Letters to Another Room

16 Sep 2013

7:30 pm10:00 pm

An unusual and exuberant evening is in store as the Cauldron goes Russian. Poetry from Pushkin and Grigorieva, prose from such great writers Chekhov and Ismailov, charming stories from Marina Boroditskaya, music from the Russian soul from Maizaka, and much, much more – all in celebration of the publication in English of a masterpiece of modern Russian literature, Ravil Bukharaev’s ‘Letters to Another Room’.

Ravil Bukharaev

Ravil Bukharaev’s Letters to Another Room (translated by John Farndon with Olga Nakston) is a work of deep wisdom that is both a uniquely honest and moving portrait of a marriage and a brilliant, multi-faceted picture of the author’s lifelong search for the true purpose of life.

Ravil Bukharaev carries the flame of the finest Russian prose – of Pushkin, Turgenev, Bunin. His classical clarity, his perfect balance of phrase and thought and the unhurried and magnanimous flow of his narration are wonderfully rendered from Russian by John Farndon’s English translation.”  Hamid Ismailov, author of ‘The Railway’ and ‘A Poet and Bin-Laden’

Of the translation: “…two poets [Bukharaev and Farndon] coming together, their strong, beautiful voices mingling, fusing and merging in this wonderful book” Andrei Ostalski (Head of BBC Russian Service, writer New Statesman)




Featuring Igor Outkine’s brilliant accordion and glorious tenor and Sarah Harrison’s dazzlng fiddle playing Mazaika captivate audiences with their soulful Russian songs and fiery gypsy jazz.


“It feels strange to hear the achingly glamorous, sweepingly romantic music made by violinist Sarah Harrison and tenor/ accordion player Igor Outkine during the day. Their divine collection of Russian and gypsy, tangos and cabaret tunes should be played after dark in a smokey late-night dive, where their heady sounds would soundtrack reeling heads and fluttering hearts. ” Tina Jackson, Metro

“Sheer heaven – stirring, passionate and highly entertaining” Three Weeks





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