Tolstoy descendant to give Russian lecture

One of Russia’s leading contemporary writers, Tatyana Tolstaya, will give a lecture at the University this week.

Ms Tolstaya is part of the Tolstoy family that includes one of the world’s most renowned authors, Leo Tolstoy and the Soviet writer Aleksey Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy wrote 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', regarded as two of the finest works of literature in history.

Aleksey Tolstoy gathered evidence of Nazi war crimes, used at the Nuremberg Trials, and is credited with producing some of the earliest examples of science fiction novels.

Tatyana Tolstaya

Organised by the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, Ms Tolstaya will speak about her work as a novelist and Russian media personality; share memories of life under the Soviet regime and take part in a question and answer session.

Ms Tolstaya will also visit the University Library's Special Collections and view early Russian texts and documents outlining the historical connection between Edinburgh and Russia.

Tatyana Tolstaya is known for her collections of short fiction, novels and essays on contemporary Russian life.

She is the host of the long-running Russian cultural show ‘School for Scandal’ (Shkola Zlosloviia).

She is considered by many critics and writers to be one of the foremost Russian writers of her generation.


Ms Tolstaya’s talk will be held at the Lecture Theatre (G.03), 50 George Square on Tuesday 28 March at 18.30.

The event is in English.

Tickets are available here.

This event is organised by The Princess Dashkova Russian centre in partnership with the University of Glasgow Russian Speaking Society.

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre

The University of Edinburgh has enjoyed prestigious academic and cultural connections with Russia for centuries.

Based in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre offers teaching and research in Russian language and studies.

Edinburgh collaborates with Russia’s leading academic institutions including Moscow State University; St Petersburg State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Event tickets 

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre