Join Dr. Andrea Deerheart as she weaves you on a literary journey that explores various cultural and historical views on death from around the world. Through our imaginations, into our subconscious, deep into our own hearts, let us wander to ponder, to share, to explore, and to reflect on this illuminating mystery. Together we will venture into our individual and collective psyche to explore the captivating and sacred, universal ritual of DEATH.
We will be reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich written by Leo Tolstoy.
A pairing of Tolstoy’s most spiritual and existential works of fiction and nonfiction from the renowned translator of Turgenev and Chekhov.
In the last two days of his own life, Peter Carson completed these new translations of The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession before he succumbed to cancer in January 2013. Carson, the eminent British publisher, editor, and translator who, in the words of his author Mary Beard, “had probably more influence on the literary landscape of [England] over the past fifty years than any other single person,” must have seen the irony of translating Ilyich, Tolstoy’s profound meditation on death and loss, “but he pressed on regardless, apparently refusing to be distracted by the parallel of literature and life.” In Carson’s shimmering prose, these two transcendent works are presented in their most faithful rendering in English. Unlike so many previous translations that have tried to smooth out Tolstoy’s rough edges, Carson presents a translation that captures the verisimilitude and psychological realism of the original Russian text.
Weekly Zoom Group begins Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 7:00 PST and run for five weeks with the last discussion on June 29th.