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Title:
Voices of Russian literature : interviews with ten contemporary writers
Author:
Laird, Sally.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxviii, 231 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Fazil Iskander -- Lyudmila Petrushevskaya -- Vladimir Makanin -- Andrei Bitov -- Tatyana Tolstaya -- Yevgeny Popov -- Vladimir Sorokin -- Zufar Gareyev -- Viktor Pelevin -- Igor Pomerantsev.
ISBN:
9785867890520

9780198151814
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Book

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Voices of Russian Literature presents in-depth interviews with ten of the most interesting figures writing in Russian today. These figures range from established authors such as Andrei Bitov and Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, who began their careers in the post-Stalinist thaw of the 1950s, tonewcomers like Viktor Pelevin, hailed as one of the most original writers of the present era. This collection offers an insider's account of the fate of Russian literature over the past four decades.


Summary

Voices of Russian Literature presents in-depth interviews with ten of the most interesting figures writing in Russian today. They range from established authors such as Fazil Iskander and Andrei Bitov, who began their careers in the post-Stalinist Thaw, to newcomers like Viktor Pelevin, hailedas one of the most original writers of the present era. It offers an insiders' account of the fate of Russian literature over the past four decades. Rather than cataloguing the opinions of 'dissidents' or 'defenders' of the former regime, it presents the views of artists who have sought, against theodds, to express their unique visions of a changing world. Each interview acquaints us with the author's distinctive voice and provides important insights into the genesis and interpretation of individual works. Sally Laird has prefaced the interviews with biographical and critical sketches of each writer, and her introductory essay sets the whole inhistorical context. Voices of Russian Literature will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in Russia's contemporary literary experience.


Author Notes

Sally Laird is a freelance writer and translator who currently teaches at the European Film College in Denmark. Educated in Philosophy and Russian Literature at Oxford and Harvard, she formerly edited the magazine Index on Censorship and was Director of the Central and East European Publishing Project, Oxford. She has translated works by, among others, Lyudmila Petruchevskaya, Vladimir Sorokin and Igor Pomerantsev.


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Choice Review

This splendid collection offers unusually engrossing interviews with a diverse selection of contemporary Russian prosaists: the roster of ten names encompasses the older generation born under Stalinism (Iskander, Bitov, Petrushevskaia), those who debuted or attained professional maturity during perestroika (Makanin, Tolstaya, Popov, Sorokin, Gareyev, Pomerantsev), and the young post-Soviet contingent (Pelevin). Laird's intimate knowledge of each author's oeuvre enables her to pose informed, focused questions and, in many instances, to challenge the responses or to help refine them. Authors reveal manifold aspects of their worldview, self-perception, authorial techniques, grasp on current events, and (sometimes unwittingly) personalities--often in fascinating ways. Laird prefaces the interviews with illuminating, compressed sketches of each writer's professional "life and works" and clarifies cultural references within the interviews. Her prose is crisp and lucid, her translations fully idiomatic. Since the authors respond generously to Laird's intelligent probing, the interviews brim with unexpected and eloquent insights. Vladimir Makanin and Vladimir Sorokin in particular make for thought-provoking reading, but singling them out would be an error, for all of the interviews contain impressive riches. This reviewer hopes that the interviews Laird had to exclude for reasons of space (as she explains) will serve as the basis for a companion collection of equal excellence. All general and academic collections. H. Goscilo; University of Pittsburgh


Choice Review

This splendid collection offers unusually engrossing interviews with a diverse selection of contemporary Russian prosaists: the roster of ten names encompasses the older generation born under Stalinism (Iskander, Bitov, Petrushevskaia), those who debuted or attained professional maturity during perestroika (Makanin, Tolstaya, Popov, Sorokin, Gareyev, Pomerantsev), and the young post-Soviet contingent (Pelevin). Laird's intimate knowledge of each author's oeuvre enables her to pose informed, focused questions and, in many instances, to challenge the responses or to help refine them. Authors reveal manifold aspects of their worldview, self-perception, authorial techniques, grasp on current events, and (sometimes unwittingly) personalities--often in fascinating ways. Laird prefaces the interviews with illuminating, compressed sketches of each writer's professional "life and works" and clarifies cultural references within the interviews. Her prose is crisp and lucid, her translations fully idiomatic. Since the authors respond generously to Laird's intelligent probing, the interviews brim with unexpected and eloquent insights. Vladimir Makanin and Vladimir Sorokin in particular make for thought-provoking reading, but singling them out would be an error, for all of the interviews contain impressive riches. This reviewer hopes that the interviews Laird had to exclude for reasons of space (as she explains) will serve as the basis for a companion collection of equal excellence. All general and academic collections. H. Goscilo; University of Pittsburgh


Table of Contents

IntroductionFazil Iskander
Lyudmila PetruchevskayaVladimir Makanin
Andrei BitovTatyana Tolstaya
Yevgeny PopovVladimir Sorokin
Zufar GareyevViktor Pelevin
Igor Pomerantsev
General Bibliography
Index
IntroductionFazil Iskander
Lyudmila PetruchevskayaVladimir Makanin
Andrei BitovTatyana Tolstaya
Yevgeny PopovVladimir Sorokin
Zufar GareyevViktor Pelevin
Igor Pomerantsev
General Bibliography
Index