Russian Cuisine in Exile – A Presentation by Angela Brintlinger
Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree – $5
The Museum of Russian Art presents
Russian Cuisine in Exile
A Presentation by Angela Brintlinger
Russian Cuisine in Exile brings the essays of Pyotr Vail and Alexander Genis, originally written in the mid-1980s, to an English-speaking audience. These essays – beloved by Russians in the U.S., the Russian diaspora across the world, and in post-Soviet Russia – narrate everyday experiences and re-imagine the identities of immigrants through their engagement with Russian cuisine. Richly illustrate and beautifully produced, the book has been translated “not word for word, but smile for smile,” to use the phrase of Vail and Genis’s fellow émigré writer Sergei Dovlatov. Professor and translator Angela Brintlinger will set the stage, describing the context of the book’s creation and its use among emigre populations. She will also read from the volume, taking time to explain and explore the humor and ironies of individual essays. Lastly, she will make recommendations from the best readind and the best eating from this volume.
Doors open at 5:45pm | Presentation begins at 6:30pm
There will be a Q&A and book signing following the presentation.
TMORA MEMBERS – FREE | General Admission – $5
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Angela Brintlinger is fascinated with Russian language and culture. A professor at Ohio State University, she has written, edited and translated numerous books and articles about Russian literature and has taught several generations of students, including co-translator Thomas Feerick, who is currently pursuing his PhD in Russian literature at Northwestern University.
Pyotr Vail and Alexander Genis were, as they noted, “geopolitically” Russian. Born citizens of the USSR―Vail in Riga, Latvia in 1949 and Genis in Ryazan, Russia in 1953―they emigrated in 1977 to New York, where they became writers, journalists, and radio broadcasters. Among their endeavors was a short-lived Russian-language newspaper for Soviet émigrés called “The New American”, which they launced with fellow émigré author Sergei Dovlatov. They also both worked for Radio Liberty, eventually hosting their own programs (“Heroes of Our Time” and “American Hour with Alexander Genis).