Read Russia & NYRB Present Book Launch for "An Invitation for Me to Think" by Alexander Vvedensky

First Book by Influential Avant-Garde Poet to Appear In English
NEW YORK - March 18, 2013 - PRLog -- Read Russia has partnered with New York Review Books to kick off its second season with a book launch event for An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) at Pravda Bar in New York City (RSVP required). Hosted by NYRB Classics Editor Edwin Frank and the book’s translators Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, the launch will celebrate the work of one of the most influential poets and thinkers of twentieth-century Russia and the first of his books to appear in English.

An Alexander Vvedensky poem doesn’t make a statement. It is an event. Mostly unpublished during his short life, he remains the least known of the great twentieth-century Russian poets. A founding member of the avant-garde collective OBERIU, Vvedensky wanted to enact “a poetic critique of reason”; a project the Soviet state, increasingly hostile to the avant-garde, deemed counterrevolutionary. Vvedensky was arrested multiple times, eventually dying of pleurisy on a prison train in 1941.

“Pussy Riot are Vvedensky’s disciples and his heirs,” Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said of the poet in her closing statement at the group’s trial in August 2012.

Read Russia, founded in 2012, is a New York-based initiative established to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture.  Through innovative programs supporting the English-language translation and publication of Russian works, Read Russia provides American audiences with fresh opportunities to engage—in person, on screen, and online—with Russia’s literary leaders and heritage. More information is available online at  

An Invitation for Me to Think is one of the first titles in the new NYRB Poets series, which will continue the spirit of NYRB Classics with a focus on the most vital, various, and universal form of literature: poetry.

Email:*** Email Verified
Tags:Events, Free, Poetry, Avant-garde, Russia, Russian, Book Launch, Read Russia
Industry:Books, Literature, Publishing
Location:New York City - New York - United States
Account Email Address Verified     Account Phone Number Verified     Disclaimer     Report Abuse

Like PRLog?
Click to Share