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Here Was Rome – celebrate the publication of new book with its author Victor Sonkin and publisher Karl Sabbagh

In 2012, Moscow’s Corpus Publishers has published Here Was Rome, Victor Sonkin’s literary and historic guidebook to Ancient Rome, the city which has been his passion since childhood. Next year, the book received the Enlightenment Award, the country’s most prestigious award for nonfiction. In 2015, Moscow-based publishing house “A Walk Through History” published his illustrated encyclopedia for children We Live in Ancient Rome. The author has completed translation and in the summer of 2017 Here Was Rome was published by Skyscraper Books, London.

Dr. Victor Sonkin is a scholar, translator and writer. He has studied Slavic literature and the structure of poetry, especially its verse patterns, and translated from Serbian into Russian the seminal monument of Russian versification studies by the outstanding Serbian-Russian-American scholar Kiril Taranovski. For several years he worked as a Serbian-English translator at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. As a literary translator, he has worked on works of Patricia Duncker, Dan Rhodes, Nassim N. Taleb, Julian Barnes, and two novels of the American author, Hanya Yanagihara — A Little Life (after being published in 2016, it caused a torrent of both praise and indignation in Russia) and The People in the Trees (to be published later this year). Most of his translations into Russian are done together with his wife and long established colleague, Alexandra Borisenko; in addition to translations, they teach literary translation at the Moscow State University and a new ‘extra curriculum’ organization - Creative Writing School. Victor has also translated into English the book of Slava Kurilov, Alone in the Ocean — an outstanding memoir of escape from a cruise ship in the middle of the open sea.

In his talk, Victor Sonkin will invite the audience to join him on a walk along the streets and squares of Rome, where antiquity and latter eras come together. We will visit the Protestant Cemetery of Rome (actually ‘non-Catholic’, where both English protestants, Russian Orthodox Christians and Italian atheists have been laid to rest); we will follow the steps of the Scottish architect Charles Cameron who could make a career in England, but chose to study ancient Rome and later designed some of the most iconic structures of St. Petersburg; we will explore some classical-era legends which are well known in Russia but virtually unknown in Britain and vice versa — and discuss what to do with those things in a translation.

* - in cooperation with Anglo – Russian Culture Club

Please note that this event will be in English, without translation into Russian.

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