Readings, 27. January 2021

«Ду Фу. Проект Наталии Азаровой», Москва, О.Г.И., 2021 – презентация новой книги

27. January 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
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Book Presentation: “Du Fu. A Natalia Azarova Project.” Moscow: O.G.I., 2021. 

This seminar will be devoted to the presentation of Natalia Azarova’s new book, “Du Fu. A Natalia Azarova Project” (Moscow: O.G.I., 2021), a translation of the poetry of Du Fu (712-770), the great Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty, into Russian.

The book is composed of roughly a hundred poems by Du Fu, which are presented in the original Chinese in parallel with Azarova’s translations and are accompanied by an extensive academic apparatus, including commentaries on individual poems, information about the poet, and essays devoted to the poems of Du Fu and the principles of classical Chinese poetry.

Particular attention is given to the language of poetry, modern translation techniques, and how the formal elements of verse are transmitted into European languages.

The presentation will focus upon the relevance of new translations of medieval Chinese poetry, exploring new possibilities for translation in light of formal advances and trends in modern poetry in European languages, and the project’s contribution to the theory of translation.

Du Fu’s poems will be performed in the original Chinese and in Russian translation.

Presentations will be made by:

Natalia Azarova (author/translator) is a poet, translator, linguist, doctor of philology, head of the Center for Linguistic Studies of the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, winner of the Andrei Bely Prize, curator of the Moscow Biennale of Poetry, author of the comprehensive textbook “Poetry,” and author of eleven books of poetry. Her poems have been translated into 14 languages.

Henrieke Stahl (organizer) is director of the DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Russian-Language Poetry in Transition” and head of the Department of Slavic Literatures at the University of Trier.

Yulia Dreizis is a sinologist, linguist, translator, PhD in philology, and associate professor at the Department of Chinese Language at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University.