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Zakon soprotivleniia raspadu: osobennosti prozy i poezii Varlama Shalamova i ikh vospriiatii v nachale XXI veka. Sbornik nauchnykh trudov

The Law of Decay Resistance: Special Features of Varlam Schalamovs Prose and Poetry and Their Perception at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Conference Proceedings

1st ed. – Prague – Moscow, 2017 – 470 p. – (Publikace Slovanské knihovny; 81) – ISBN 978-80-7050-680-6

The book publishes the scientific papers presented by the participants in the international conference ‘The Law of Decay Resistance: Special Features of Varlam Shalamov’s Prose and Poetry and Their Perception at the Beginning of the 21st Century’, which was held in Prague on 17–19 September 2013.

In their texts, the authors have revealed new aspects of the life and work of the Russian writer and poet Varlam Tikhonovich Shalamov (1907–1982), dealing with both his prosaic works and the analysis of his poetry. A separate panel was devoted to the issues of the translation of Shalamov’s texts into different world languages and the methodology of their translation. In comparison with other conferences on V. T. Shalamov, these texts emphasised the ethical issues in his work, with attention logically being drawn to Shalamov’s specific poetry.

The book is complemented by twenty previously unpublished poems by Varlam Shalamov newly discovered in the author’s literary estate deposited in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow.

Price: 160,- CZK

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Přetržený náhrdelník: výbor z díla / Maxim Bahdanovič

A Broken Necklace: Selected Works / Maksim Bahdanovič

1st ed. – Prague, 2017 – 118 p. – (Publikace Slovanské knihovny; 80) – ISBN 978-80-7050-692-9

The selected works by Maksim Bahdanovič have been published on the occasion of this Belarusian poet. It is the first comprehensive Czech translation of his poems, which significantly contribute to the understanding of the complicated historical fate of Belarusians in the last century.

Maksim Bahdanovič (1891, Minsk – 1917, Yalta) died prematurely, at the age of twenty-five. In his lifetime, he published only one collection of poems, Vianok (A Wreath, Vilnius 1913). In spite of that, he is considered to be one of the founders of modern Belarusian literature. When he was only five years old, he lost his mother; he had a complicated relationship with his father; at the age of seventeen, he became ill with tuberculosis; he was not lucky in love – this made the poetic (but also critical, journalistic, translation and other) work that he left behind all the more remarkable and significant. He influenced all later generations of Belarussian authors and remains the most widely read classic of the Belarusian national revival period.

The collection of Bahdanovič’s poetry has been organized, translated from Belarusian and provided with a commentary by Max Ščur. It has been recast in verse by Jan Frolík. The book has been published in cooperation with the International Civic Belarus Association.

Price: 90,- CZK

Distribution of the book is provided, besides the Slavonic Library, by online bookshop Kosmas.cz.

Můj milý, jdeš-li v létě Ruskem: výbor z díla / Dmitrij Prigov

My Dear, If You Are Walking Through Russia in the Summer / Dmitrii Prigov

1st ed. – Prague, 2017 – 328 p. – (Publikace Slovanské knihovny; 79) – ISBN 987-80-7050-685-1

The collection Můj milý, jdeš-li v létě Ruskem [My Dear, If You Are Walking Through Russia in the Summer] is the first book publication of Czech translations of the work of Dmitrii Alexandrovich Prigov (1940–2007), a Russian poet, artist and performer, one of the founders of Moscow Conceptualism, and a classic of the Russian cultural canon at the turn of the 21st century.

The publication of the book has three objectives: 1) to present Prigov’s work in its exceptional genre diversity, from poetry and examples of extensive prose to smaller forms; 2) to attempt to mediate, in the form of a traditional book, the multimedia character of his production – he wrote and recited his texts as a performance, he was a writer and artist in one person, he created objects and installations, he intervened through his works in the public space; 3) to show his work from multiple perspectives – the collection is a result of cooperation between eight translators. This solution, which is editorially demanding, has made it possible for each participant to select from Prigov’s extensive work whatever was the most interesting and topical for him or her.

The book is complemented by three scientific studies on Prigov’s work. Editor of the volume: Tomáš Glanc.

Price: 425,- CZK

Distribution of the book is provided, besides the Slavonic Library, by online bookshop Kosmas.cz.

Pod znakom katalogov i materialov k… V. N. Tukalevskij i russkaja kniga za rubežom. 1918–1936 gg. / Marija Magidova

Focusing on Catalogues and Materials… V. N. Tukalevskii and the Russian Book in Emigration. 1918–1936 / Marija Magidová

1st ed. – Prague – Saint Petersburg, 2016 – 800 p. – ISBN 978-80-7050-668-4 (978-5-89091-484-2)

The book by the literary scholar and long-term employee of the Slavonic Library in Prague Marija Magidová Pod znakom katalogov i materialov k… [Focusing on Catalogues and Materials…] is not merely a biography of the Russian bibliographer, economist, journalist, expert in literary culture and historian Vladimir Nikolaevich Tukalevskii (1881–1936) – the author captures his life in all the key places, from Poltava and Kiev to Saint Petersburg and Terioki (now Zelenogorsk) all the way to Prague, where he spent the last part of his life. In addition, it is a kind of chronicle of the Russian book culture of the end of the 19th century and the first third of the 20th century, for which the author uses the composition of the unique personal library of V. N. Tukalevskii. Last but not least, the book maps the origin and the first years of the existence of the Slavonic Library in Prague, whose foundation Tukalevskii initiated in 1924 (the original name of the library was “Russian”) – his own extensive collection of books, periodicals and documents became the core of the library; until the end of his life, he administered the library’s Russian section.

The book by Marija Magidová is a result of long-term research into the fates of Russian books and their owners – intellectuals forced to leave Russia by the situation there in the first third of the 20th century. It has been published by the Symposium publishing house in Saint Petersburg thanks to the long-term programme-based scientific cooperation between the Slavonic Library and the Information and Cultural Centre “Russkaia Emigratsia” in Saint Petersburg. The title has been come out in Russian and is complemented by an extensive pictorial supplement.

Price: 360,- CZK

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Slovanská knihovna – můj osud (mozaika vzpomínek) / Jiří Vacek

The Slavonic Library – My Fate (A Mosaic of Memories) / Jiří Vacek

1st ed. – Prague, 2016 – 174 p. – (Publikace Slovanské knihovny; 77) – ISBN 978-80-7050-671-4

The memoirs of PhDr. Jiří Vacek, a librarian, Slavic scholar, literary historian, and an internationally recognised expert on the issues of Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian émigrés in 1918‒1945. Since 1964, Jiří Vacek has been working in the Slavonic Library in Prague (a part of the National Library of the Czech Republic now), one of the most important libraries focused on Slavic Studies all over the world; he was its director in 1978‒1992.

In his memoirs, he focuses in particular on the more than half a century of work in the Slavonic Library, mentioning remarkable events in the history of the library, acquainting the reader with a wide myriad of figures (the staff of the library as well as Slavic Studies researchers from all over the world) that have come into contact with the library since its establishment in 1924. The book The Slavonic Library – My Fate is different from traditional memoirs – it rather maps the history of the Slavonic Library and the lives of the people connected with it. In the colourful patchwork of diverse stories (of people as well as books), the author himself remains more in the background.

Price: 220,- CZK

Distribution of the book is provided, besides the Slavonic Library, by online bookshop Kosmas.cz.

Feb 14, 2018
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