Literary evening “Dostoyevsky’s Tamil Voice”

On April 7, a literary evening was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The event was organized together with Vishnupuram Literary Circle to honor Professor M. A. Susila, who has translated Dostoyevsky’s novels “Crime and Punishment”, “The Idiot”, “Notes from Underground” and “The Doubles” into Tamil language. She has also translated some of his short stories. Her books have been well received among the Tamil literary readers. Critics also appreciated the work of M. A. Susila.

The event was presided over by one of Tamil’s senior writers and “Padma Shree” awardee by the Government of India, Mr. Indhira Parthasarathy. He wrote 16 novels and 10 plays and is recognized as one of India’s leading playwrights. He highly appreciated the translation of the novel “Crime and Punishment”, noting that the Russian character and the essence of the work are accurately conveyed.

Mr. Mikhail Gorbatov, Deputy Head of mission Rossotrudnichestvo in India, said that the name of the Great Russian writer F.M. Dostoyevsky stands among the outstanding names not only the Russian, but also in world literature. His works have a huge success around the world. And the interest in the work of the author is illustrated by the numerous translations of his works into different languages. Mr. Gorbatov thanked Professor Susila for the work done to translate the works of the great writer.

Mr. Jeyamohan a prominent figure in contemporary Tamil literature spoke about the contribution of translators in Tamil literature.

The event was held in a friendly atmosphere and was attended by over 200 people.