The Neva Foundation and the Russian circle of the Geneva University organized an event in memory of the famous Russian writer Victor Platonovich Nekrasov, whose 100th anniversary of birth was celebrated in 2011.
In the course of his life he managed to receive the Stalin’s Award, become a dissident and then to emigrate.
Nekrasov received the Stalin’s Award for his novel "In the trenches of Stalingrad", first published in the literary magazine "Znamya" in 1946. This novel was a great success : its overall circulation surpassed several millions copies, and the book was translated in 36 languages.
On September 12th, 1974, Nekrasov who was previously accused of "kotowing to the West" and expelled from the Communist Party, left the Soviet Union and, after spending some time in Lausanne and Zurich, ended his life in Paris.
The audience was lucky to have Professor Georges Nivat as a speaker, who talked about the life and work of Victor Nekrasov, whom he knew well.
His lecture was followed by a screeing of Andrei Eshpai’s film "Elision marks", based on Nekrasov’s story "Kira Georgievna" starring Evgenia Simonova, Igor Mirkoubanov, Sergey Dreiden, Evgeny Tsyganov, Chulpan Khamatova etc. The film was shown in Russian with French subtitles.
Andrei Eshpai and Evgenia Simonova took part in the event and answered audience's questions after the screening.
Partner:Russian circle of the UNIGE