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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Russkiy Mir Centre Book Presentation: Dr Avril Pyman 'Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: A Life'

8th December 2016, 17:00, Russkiy Mir Centre, A29, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

8 December 2016 – Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: A Life

Presentation of a new book by Dr Avril Pyman (Durham)

Andrei Bloom (1914-2003) who was better known as Anthony Bloom, or Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, led an extraordinary life. He was an individual who sought to be in touch with his God yet in solidarity with and responsibility for a tragically disconnected society; a man of God who “knew the world”. From the difficulties of Russian émigré life that conditioned him as “a monk without a monastery”, through the trials and suffering of war and revolution, to his calling as Priest and Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain, he moved between many changing landscapes, striving always to take his bearings in prayer and contemplation. In his character, joy in the good and the beautiful was compounded with ardor and tragic depths.

Avril Pyman draws on a mosaic of available evidence to offer deeper insight into the life and times of a remarkable spiritual teacher, charismatic speaker and priest whose cosmopolitan background, character and experience of science and medicine made a unique and significant contribution to Orthodox Christian thought and practice throughout the world. This biography explores how Metropolitan Anthony sought the mind of Christ to cultivate and control his own loving heart and occasionally harsh exigence.

Dr Avril Pyman was awarded her PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1958 and continued as a British Council research scholar in Leningrad. Pyman taught Russian and Russian Literature at the University of Durham and is now retired. She is the author of many articles on and translations of Russian literature and of The Life of Aleksandr Blok (2 volumes, 1979-1980); History of Russian Symbolism (1984) and Pavel Florensky - A Quiet Genius (2010).

The event will take place at 5pm on Thursday, 8 December, 2016 in the Russkiy Mir Centre (A29, Elvet Riverside).

All are welcome!

Contact p.s.klychnikova@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.