Armenian Papers: fact, fiction and translation in the Monastery of San Lazzaro

27 January 2016 1.00pm 1.30pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Dr Dennis Duncan, Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book


The Armenian Monastery of San Lazzaro, in the lagoon of Venice, has been a centre for translation since the late eighteenth century. It was only natural, therefore, that it should provide the setting for Harry Mathews's Armenian Papers, a set of English poems based on a medieval Armenian manuscript, stolen from the monastery.

This talk considers the poems and their backstory - how much is true and how much is invention? - and what they have to tell us about the possibilities of translation. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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