The 8th annual Isaiah Berlin Day in Riga will take place on June 9 at the “Splendid Palace” historical cinema, featuring the Isaiah Berlin Memorial lecture delivered by Anatoly Naiman, Russian poet and writer.
17:00 – 18:00 The Jay Interview with Isaiah Berlin: In Quest of Our Civilisation, London Weekend Television, 1975.
In English with simultaneous translation into Latvian.
18:30 – 20:00 8th Isaiah Berlin Memorial Lecture "The Impact of 1945 on Isaiah Berlin's Attitude to Russia" by Anatoly Naiman, Russian poet, publicist, translator and author of the book on Isaiah Berlin “Sir”.
In Russian with simultaneous translation into Latvian and English.
Anatoly Naiman (1936) is a Russian poet and writer. A member of the group of Leningrad poets (along with Dmitry Bobyshev, Joseph Brodsky and Yevgeny Rein) close to the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and united by friendship, free-thinking and disobedience against the totalitarian system. From 1960 he was the literary secretary of Anna Akhmatova. Until 1989 in the Soviet Union he could only publish translations. However, he was widely known in samizdat (self-published, underground literature). He was never a member of the USSR Union of Writers.
Anatoly Naiman is the author of numerous memoirs including “Remembering Anna Akhmatova” (1989), “Sir” (2001) about Sir Isaiah Berlin, and “Novel with "Samovar"” (2006) about the famous Russian restaurant "Samovar" in New York, a popular place for Russian bohemia and celebrities whose founders were the poet Joseph Brodsky, ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and entrepreneur Roman Kaplan.
Naiman publishes his thoughts and reflections, including on current affairs in Russia and the world, in his column in the independent Russian newspaper “Novaya gazeta”. Lives in Moscow.
The event was organised by the Foundation for an Open Society DOTS in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia.