Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Lecture Literature and Censorship in Putin's Russia

Fri, April 27, 2007 | Lone Star Room, Texas Union 3.208

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Vladimir Sorokin was born in a small town outside of Moscow in 1955. He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but turned to art and writing, becoming a major presence in the Moscow underground of the 1980s. His work was banned in the Soviet Union, and his first novel, "The Queue," was published by the famed émigré dissident Andrei Sinyavsky in France in 1983. In 1992, Sorokin's "Collected Stories" was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize; in 1999, the publication of the controversial novel "blue Lard" led to public demonstrations against the book and to demands that Sorokin be prosecuted as a pornographer; in 2001, he received the Andrei Biely Award for outstanding contributions to Russian literature. Sorokin is also the author of the screenplays for the movies "Moscow," "The Kopek," and "4," and of the libretto for Leonid Desyatnikov's "The Children of Rosental," the first new opera to be commissioned by the Bolshoi Theater since the 1970s. He has written eleven novels, as well as numerous plays and short stories, and his work has been translated throughout the world. He lives in Moscow.

Mr. Sorokin will also be speaking at BookPeople on Saturday, April 28, at 6pm, where he will read from his novel ICE.

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