On the occasion of the International Women's Day, literary evening ‘Two friends’ was held in London

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The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London hosted a musical and poetic evening dedicated to two prominent poets - Maria Petrovykh and Yulia Neumann. Maria and Yulia’s friendship, which began in the 1920s during their time at the Higher Literary Courses (the former Bryusov Institute), lasted a lifetime.

Guests of the event learned that a poetic circle called ‘Shards of the Silver Age’ formed in the USSR in the 1930-40s. It included young poets who absorbed the poetic traditions of the Silver Age, but who had already introduced new modernist trends into their work. Maria Petrovykh and Yulia Neumann belonged to the ‘Shards of the Silver Age’. Fate did not give these talented women recognition of their work, but blessed them with a lot of inspiring acquaintances. Arseny Tarkovsky, Anna Akhmatova, Joseph Brodsky, and many others were their close friends. Also, Maria and Yulia established an unsurpassed translation group, whose beautiful translations of world classics we enjoy to this day.

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