Pushkin Exhibition at the University of Malta Library The University of Malta Library will be the venue of an exhibition commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of the famous Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevitch Pushkin (1799-1837) founder of Russian literature and the modern Russian language.  The exhibition is being organised by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in collaboration with the University of Malta Library, and will be inaugurated next Tuesday, 9th November 1999, at 11.00 a.m., in the presence of the Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr Serguey Zotov, the Hon Minister of Education Dr Louis Galea, and University Rector Professor Roger Ellul Micallef.

Rightly considered as Russian's greatest poet, in spite of his relatively short life span, Alexander Pushkin is best known for his short lyrics, long narrative poetry, drama in verse and short stories, several of which inspired ballets and operas by some of Russia's greatest composers. Deeply rooted in European literature, and reflecting the cultural and political aspirations of his mother country, Pushkin's oeuvre exercised tremendous influence on subsequent Russian literature.

The Pushkin exhibition at the University Library covers a display of some 200 titles, in Russian and English, of works by Pushkin and other Russian literary figures like Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev. Worthy of note are Achille Mizzi's first Maltese translation of Pushkin's verse and Russian renderings of Maltese poetical works. Exhibits include reproductions of historic portraits of Pushkin, his family and friends; as well as a selection of paintings by Russian children inspired by themes from the great poet.  The exhibition also includes an array of artifacts highlighting the popularity of Pushkin in Russian culture.

H.E. the Russian Ambassador will be presenting the University Library with a collection of English language translations of works by Pushkin and other Russian authors. The Pushkin exhibition will be open to the general public, free of charge, until the 15th December 1999.

November 1999