A soirée with Dominic Lieven, Pushkin House Prize 2016 winner

May 24, 2016

The Oxford Russian Club is very glad to announce that we have the honour of hosting Professor Dominic Lieven from Trinity College Cambridge, for an exclusive visit to Oxford, during our Society’s annual history week. 


Professor Lieven is the winner of the Pushkin House Book Prize 2016 for his book “Towards the Flame”. He is also a member of the namesake Livonian Princely House, and a descendant of Cristoph Heinrich von Lieven - companion of Alexander the I in the Battle of Austerlitz, plenipotentiary to Berlin and London, and escort of Alexander II in his Grand Tour - and through his wife, Dorothea von Lieven, a relative of Count Alexander Beckendorf, the Ambassador of the Russian Empire to the United Kingdom from 1902-1916. The book in question is an historical account of of late Imperial Russia, its involvement in the First World War, and the origins of the Russian revolution.


The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, now in its fourth year, rewards the very best non-fiction writing on Russia. The Prize was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world. The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course Russian, are eligible and actively sought. 


The Pushkin Prize has been funded since its creation with support from Waterstones, and this year received an additional generous donation from Douglas Smith and Stephanie Ellis-Smith to help increase its impact and encourage translation between Russian and English. 


Professor Lieven will give a talk to the Society on the 6th of June, at 6PM, followed by a books signing session, in the McGregor-Matthews room of New College. Blackwell’s will keep a bookselling stall at the door to the room in case any of you who would like a signed copy of “Towards the Flame” have not yet purchased it.


The event is open to all. Entry is free of charge for any members of the Russian Club but it requires a booking, while an entry fee of £3 is set for non-members. Due to limited capacity in the room, kindly ensure that you have made a reservation or bought your ticket in advance.


Tickets can be purchased at here ; for member-reservations kindly contact press.ours@gmail.com


This event is kindly supported by Blackwell’s.


We are looking forward to seeing you all there.


From the Russians with Love x

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