Oxford Launch: The Sky Wept Fire

Posted: December 12, 2013 in 2013-14, Events, Writers

On Friday 29 November we were honoured to welcome the author Mikail Eldin and translator Anna Gunin for the Oxford launch of The Sky Wept Fire, Eldin’s powerful first-hand account of the Chechen resistance. Gunin’s English translation earned the book an English PEN Writers in Translation award. Gunin read extracts from the book, and then she and Eldin participated in a discussion brilliantly chaired by Professor Catriona Kelly, Fellow of New College, Oxford, and co-director of the European Humanities Research Centre. Both were extremely generous in conversation, answering questions on subjects as varied as world literature, the process of translation, Eldin’s decision to write in Russian, and his own personal experiences growing up in Chechnya and during the conflict. It was a very moving event, and we are extremely grateful to Portobello Books, publisher of The  Sky Wept Fire, and English PEN, for helping us to arrange it.


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