Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin
Narrated by Juliet Stephenson with excerpt readings by Stephen Fry, Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin profiles six contemporary Russian authors: Zakhar Prilepin, Dmitry Bykov, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Mariam Petrosyan, Anna Starobinets and Vladimir Sorokin.
Quotes from the film:
Ludmila Ulitskaya on Sankya by Zakhar Prilepin
If you are a strong writer you can be influential in Russia
Authors and books featured in the film:
• Zakhar Prilepin. Referred to by Newsweek as “Russia’s Young Hemingway,” Prilepin is a veteran of the war in Chechenya, on which his 2005 novel, Pathologies, is based.
• Dmitry Bykov. His biography of Boris Pasternak won Russia’s 2006 National Bestseller and Big Book awards; he won the National Bestseller again in 2011 for Ostromov, or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
• Ludmila Ulitskaya. Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of Russia’s most popular and celebrated writers. Her first novella, Sonechka, was published in the literary journal Novyi mir in 1992 and nominated for the 1993 Russian Booker Prize.
• Anna Starobinets. Starobinets’s short stories and novels defy the traditional horror genre by crossing over into fantasy, mysticism, and futuristic dystopia. Her short story collection, An Awkward Age, was a finalist for the Russian National Bestseller Prize in 2006 and has been translated into seven languages.
• Mariam Petrosyan. Born in Armenia when it was part of the Soviet Union, Mariam Petrosyan started writing her only novel, The House that… as a teenager.
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