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Victor Serge: Midnight in the Century
Wed, December 3, 2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM$6 – $12
In 1933, Victor Serge was arrested by Stalin’s police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for more than eighty days. Released, he spent two years in exile in remote Orenburg. These experiences were the inspiration for Midnight in the Century, Serge’s searching novel about revolutionaries living in the shadow of Stalin’s betrayal of the revolution. Among the exiles—-true believers in a cause that no longer exists—-gathered in the town of Chenor, or Black Waters, are the granitefaced old Bolshevik Ryzhik, stoic yet gentle Varvara, and Rodion, a young, self-educated worker who is trying to make sense of the world and history. ey struggle in the unlikely company of Russian Orthodox Old Believers who are also suffering for their faith. Against unbelievable odds, the young Rodion will escape captivity and find a new life in the wild. Surviving the dark winter night of the soul, he rediscovers the only real, and most radical, form of resistance: hope.
Edwin Frank has been the editor of the the New York Review Books Classics series since its beginning in 1999. His Snake Train: Poems 1984-2013 will come out in 2014, and he is working on a book about the novel in the twentieth century and the twentieth century in the novel.
Richard Greeman is best known for his studies and translations of novelist and revolutionary Victor Serge (1890–1947). Greeman also writes regularly about politics, international class struggles and revolutionary theory. Co-founder of the Praxis Research and Education Center in Moscow, and director of the International Victor Serge Foundation, Greeman splits his time between Montpellier, France and New York City.
Christopher Winks is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College/The City University of New York and a translator. His scholarship has particular emphasis on Caribbean and Latin American literature and African-American studies. He is the author of Symbolic Cities in Caribbean Literature, published by Palgrave Macmillan, an incisive comparative study that analyzes Caribbean literary representations of magic and invisible cities in new and exciting ways.
Jenny Greeman is an artist and educator living and working in NYC.
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