259 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 in
September 15, 1999
Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0198151810
ISBN - 13: 9780198151814
About the Book
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, to newcomers 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.
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From the Publisher
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, hailed
as 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 the
odds, 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 in
historical context. Voices of Russian Literature will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in Russia's contemporary literary experience.
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
When we think about Russian Literature, Dostoyevsky is one of the first names to spring to mind; however, there have been several successful Russian authors in more recent times. Voices of Russian Literature is a collection of stories by 10 modern writers, including Bitov and Pelevin, that celebrate and critique their homeland and its people. Compiled by editor Sally Laird, this treasury of Russian prose also presents stories that clearly show optimism toward a more prosperous political, social and economic future for the Russian people.
`In short, Voices of Russian Literature is not just a companion volume to contemporary Russian fiction. Laird, a British writer and translator now working in Denmark, has drawn on her experience as the editor of the journal Index on Censorship and set literature in a philosophical and
political context. So although her book concerns Russian authors, it will be intelligible and interesting to those who have only the vaguest acquaintance with them -- no mean feat ... For Laird has captured a fascinating era, beginning before the breakup of the Soviet Union and continuing today, in
which questions of identity are hotly debated ... Voices of Russian Literature is a valuable reminder that ideologies take shape in private conversation as well as in public writing, and interviews not only reflect but develop attitudes.'
Karen Rosenberg, The Nation, 18/10/99