Rare Book & Manuscript Library Features Leo Tolstoy Records in Exhibit and Symposium
NEW YORK, October 22, 2010 –

The Bakhmeteff Archive of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will co-sponsor a one-day international symposium on Leo Tolstoy and His English Translations on October 29 at 717 Hamilton Hall on Columbia’s Morningside campus.


The symposium is offered in conjunction with the exhibit "Literature with no Boundaries: Leo Tolstoy and His English Translations," featuring correspondence and photographs relating to Leo Tolstoy, as well as first editions of his books selected from the collections of the Bakhmeteff Archive and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The exhibit will be held in the Chang Octagon Room, Butler Library, 6th Floor East from October 29 through November 30. An opening reception will be held on October 29 at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The symposium is organized by the Bakhmeteff Archive of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Harriman Institute, and the Department of Slavic Languages to commemorate the centenary of Leo Tolstoy’s death. The presenters at the symposium are Carol Apollonio, associate professor of the Practice, Slavic Languages and Literature from Duke University and author of many articles and books on translation, including Demons of Translation: The Strange Path of Dostoyevsky's Novels into the English Tradition (2005), and Anna Karenina: Translation, Literalism, and the Life of Art (2002); Inessa Medzhibovskaya, assistant professor of Literature and the author of the first comprehensive study of Tolstoy's religious evolution as related to intellectual and cultural tradition of his time; and Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear, well-known translators of Russian literature into English. View the symposium program here.

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