Russian Writer Andrei Gelasimov Comes to UT
April 21-23. Three exciting events!
Posted: April 4, 2014
Join us for three exciting events featuring the Russian writer Andrei Gelasimov
Andrei Gelasimov became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story, "A Tender Age," which he published on the Internet, was awarded a prize for the best debut. It went on to garner the Apollon-Grigorev and the Belkin prizes, as well, and his novels have been consistently met with critical and popular success in Russia and throughout Europe.
Gelasimov was born in Irkutsk in 1965 and studied foreign languages at the Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. Thirst is his first book published in English, followed by three others - all translated by Marian Schwartz - including Gods of the Steppe, which won the 2009 "Big Book" Russian National Bestseller award.
Mon, April 21, 2014 • 7:00 PM • CMB 4.122 - RTF Studio 4D
Join us for a screening of the film Thirst (Жажда), based on the book of the same name by Andrei Gelasimov (translated by award-winning translator Marian Schwartz).
Thirst tells the story of 20-year-old Chechen War veteran Kostya. Maimed beyond recognition by a tank explosion, he spends weeks on end locked inside his apartment, his sole companions the vodka bottles spilling from the refrigerator. But soon Kostya’s comfortable if dysfunctional cocoon is torn open when he receives a visit from his army buddies who are mobilized to locate a missing comrade. Through this search for his missing friend, Kostya is able to find himself. Check out the trailer on YouTube!
Tue, April 22, 2014 • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM • Texas Union, Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102)
The award-winning Russian writer Andrei Gelasimov will discuss his creative process, followed by a mystery reading of one of his works.
Wed, April 23, 2014 • 7:00 PM • Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302, 201 East 24th Street
Join us for a screening and talk about the documentary RUSSIA’S OPEN BOOK, which celebrates contemporary Russian authors who are carrying on one of the world’s great literary traditions - on their own terms. Excerpts from the authors’ works are brought to life by vivid animated sequences created exclusively for the film and voiced-over with dramatic readings in English by actor, author, and activist Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Jeeves and Wooster, The Hobbit).
Selected film clips will be screened, with Q&A from the panel following each. The panel will include Professor Michael Pesenson, professor of Russia literature at UT, contemporary Russian author Andrei Gelasimov, and award-winning translator Marian Schwartz, who translated Gelasimov's book Thirst (Zhazhda).
The full-length film of Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin will be aired on KLRU's main channel 18.1 on Thursday, May 8 at 9pm, and on Tuesday, May 20 at 10pm.