Lunchtime Lecture: The Russian Revolution and British Society
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2 November 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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'Queue for Lenin's Mausoleum'
by Ida Kar
As the Revolution of October 1917 hit the headlines, Britain was already fired by the energy and exoticism of the Russian ballet. Writer Lesley Chamberlain looks at personalities as diverse as top diplomat Robert Bruce Lockhart and Churchill’s cousin the sculptor Clare Sheridan, who thrived on the combination of shock and radical chic, and the Russian émigrés who transformed London social life.
Lesley Chamberlain is European-minded writer and critic. For twenty years she wrote and broadcast talks on BBC Radio 3 on literature, philosophy and cultural history. Her books include the novels Girl in a Garden and Anyone's Game, and the non-fiction adventures Nietzsche in Turin and The Secret Artist A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud. Books on Russia include The Food and Cooking of Russia, Motherland A Philosophical History of Russia and The Philosophy Steamer Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia.