Literary Evening with Ludmila Ulitskaya

Wednesday, 29th February, 7pm
Keynes’ Hall, King’s College, Cambridge

(in Russian)

Internationally renowned Russian author, Ludmila Ulitskaya, came to Cambridge and met connoisseurs and lovers of contemporary Russian literature and her delighted readers in Cambridge, for an evening of literary discussions, questions and answers.

Ludmila Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya at the recent demonstration in Moscow 4th February 2012

It was a warm and inspirational occasion, full of reflexion, discussion, thought, and, for many local Russians, a liberating opportunity to relate to many like-minded people in our common tongue

Reviews and photos will appear here shortly. A huge ‘thank you’ to everybody who helped to organise and run this event, as well as to welcome Ludmila Ulitskaya to Cambridge!

If you would like to share your impressions of the evening, please write to us on:, and we shall publish your essay or short comment.

Your comments and reviews:

This is the first CamRuSS event I have attended.

As a student of the Russian language, I am reading Ulitskaya’s Рассказы. From a learner’s point of view it is better to read short stories than full length novels because you do not lose the thread of the plot and you can, more easily, read them more than once – eventually getting a fuller understanding of them.

I find the Рассказы to be hugely insightful, not only into certain strata of Russian society, but, also, into the human condition more generally. So it was a great privilege to listen to such a talented writer and interesting woman. I am not sufficiently fluent in Russian to have understood all of Ulitskaya’s talk, by any means, but it is always useful
for me to hear the language spoken by native speakers.

I enjoyed the evening very much, and appreciated the warm welcome I was

Ralph Crawshaw, 4th March 2012

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