Received from the Pushkin Club
Tuesday 10 October 2006, 7:45 pm
Host: Andrew O’Hagan
War and Peace – New Russian Writing
War and Peace is a collection of new fiction from Russia. This is writing
political edge, emerging from a country embracing a new social and
freedom, yet still haunted by a dark past.
Arkady Babchenko's Argun is a visceral account of his first-hand
Chechnya: soldiers bartering weapons for food, commanders torturing their
subordinates and the terror of young soldiers and local communities.
In Maria Rybakova's story Inspiration, a young academic loses his
virginity to a
calculating woman writer who seduces him to collect material for her
Olga Slavnikova's The Secret of the Unread Note paints a picture of a
provincial woman and her inventive quest for passion and escape.
The event features bilingual readings and is chaired by Andrew O'Hagan.
War and Peace is published by Glas, in association with New Writing North.