Books and Bridges: How the Great Russian Writers Created Meaning from Nature

On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM, Books and Bridges presents Nathan Nielson and "How the Great Russian Writers Created Meaning from Nature"!

Russian optimism runs deeper than you think. Nathan Nielson, director of Books & Bridges, will explore the creative alchemy between the great Russian writers and the natural world. Tolstoy, Akhmatova, Lermontov, Pasternak, Dostoyevsky, and Tarkovsky transformed tragedy into poetry. Few peoples know suffering like the Russians. Invasions, tyrannies, famines, censors, and gulags—the toll adds up. It’s enough to make nihilists of the whole of them. But through these hardships, a stronger pulse beats. When Russian literature is mentioned, we think of stark questions of good and evil, or of plunges in the cold waters of suffering and redemption. But when we stand back from these cosmic, historical dramas we see the earth’s small things. We see trees. We see sticky little leaves and bushes. Tangibility. The green creation. The Russian masters sanctified the environment around them and translated the pain of reality into monuments of human striving. A Q&A and refreshments will follow. The lecture is made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities.

This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.  

Event date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102