Slavic and Eurasian Studies

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

"…and any word coming out of a Russian inkwell weighs far more here than in its country of origin. What in Russia suffuses the atmosphere, is strewn in sediments and across human snouts, in “the cadet Grushnitsky,” in the war in Chechnya and in "Christ has risen from the dead," here it is all concentrated in every word of Cyrillic script – pressed, crammed into every last ы."  Mikhail Shishkin

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.

Sponsored by: The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature

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