The Anna Karenina Fix: Viv Groskop in Conversation with Kirsty Lang – 3rd October



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Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back enough (The Master and Margarita),or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov’s work). This is a literary self-help memoir, with examples from the author’s own life that reflect the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended, and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip, just like Natasha in War and Peace.

Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, a crack interviewer (most recently seen on Graham Norton’s UK-wide book tour), and an agony aunt for The Pool. She is the author of I Laughed, I Cried, and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and Mail on Sunday, as well as Front Row, Woman’s Hour and Newsnight.

Kirsty Lang is a presenter of Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, Front Row. She is an experienced journalist and broadcaster with a special interest in foreign affairs and culture. She spent many years as a foreign correspondent reporting for the BBC and the Sunday Times from Eastern Europe and later Paris. She’s been a presenter on Channel 4 News, BBC 4 and BBC World. Kirsty chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction and was a judge of the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction in Translation. In 2012 Kirsty was a visiting Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. She is a Trustee of the British Council.

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Event Details

Date: October 03, 2017

Start time: 19:00

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