Program in Comparative Literature

Talk by Mikhail Shishkin:"In a Boat Scratched on the Wall: Language and Politics in Russia."

Tue, April 9, 2013 | Texas Governors' Room 3.116, The Texas Union

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Award-winning Russian author Mikhail Shishkin outraged the Russian government this month when he refused to participate in a Russian delegation to the prestigious BookExpo America 2013 in New York.  In an open letter to the Russian Press Ministry, he declined their invitation, citing Russia as “a country where power has been seized by a corrupt, criminal regime, where the state is a pyramid of thieves…”   

This outspoken and compelling author will visit UT to discuss contemporary Russian society, as well as his multi-prize-winning novel, “Maidenhair,” recently translated into English. 

Mikhail Shishkin has worked as a school teacher and a journalist. In 1995, he moved to Switzerland, where he worked as a Russian and German translator for asylum seekers. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. In addition to winning Le prix du meilleur livre étranger (2005), he has won the Russian Booker Prize (2000); following its publication in Russia in 2005, Maidenhair was awarded both the National Bestseller Prize and the Big Book prize, and in 2011 it was awarded the Preis des Hauses der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. His latest novel, Letter-Book, won the Russian Big Book prize in 2011. Shishkin splits his time between Moscow and Zurich.

View the flyer HERE.

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