Oliver Ready speaking at Pushkin House in London

Oliver Ready, author of Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013, will be speaking about his book at the Pushkin House in London on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The title of his talk will be ‘Schools for Fools? The Cult of Folly in Recent Russian Writing’. Click here to register for the event.

Why have so many Russian writers of the past fifty years – from samizdat classics Venedikt Erofeev and Sasha Sokolov to a range of post-Soviet authors – so frequently turned to the voice and character of the fool in their fiction? Why does Svetlana Aleksievich begin Second-Hand Time with the figure of Ivan the Fool? What are the dangers of the Russian ‘cult of folly’? And what are the connections between the spiritual traditions of the fool in the Russian tradition and what we might now call intellectual disability?

Oliver Ready will discuss these and other questions in the light of his new book, Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013.

His book is available for purchase here.

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