Contemporary Russian Authors
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But now I have even more to look into, thank you. :)
I have read Living Souls by Dmitry Bykov and enjoyed it greatly. On the basis of my enjoyment I have acquired Dead Souls by Gogol as I believe Living Souls is modern twist on this work. (Correct me if you think I am wrong.)
I am well aware of, but have not read, Sergey Lukyanenko's Night Watch series, but did see the film version of Night Watch.
As per other posters on this thread, I will be adding more books to my wish list thanks to you. I don't know whether to thank you or curse you. ;)
pgmcc, I don't know about Living Souls, but that connection certainly sounds plausible from the title.
My favourite contemporary Russian author - well, favourite along with Pelevin - wasn't on Grigory Ryzhakov's list. She's Ludmilla Petrushevskaya: http://www.belletrista.com/2011/Issue14/features_1.php
My initial investigations of Dead Souls indicate that Gogol was writing a commentary on the Russian society of the time. Living Souls does this for modern Russia. I look forward to my reading of Dead Souls in the not too distant future and the discovery of how wrong my preconceptions are. :)
I had not intended reading Night Watch but am now tempted to having read your comment.
I’m a fantasy author, I live in Belarus and my debut fantasy novel named Love lines was translated into English and a few months ago it was published by Createspace. Now it’s available on Amazon .com in both Russian and English in Kindle and Paperback editions
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Of the list, I've read in English Pelevin's Omon Ra, which I loved, and Sorokin's Day of the Oprichnik, which I hated. I've also read Petrushevskaya's "scary stories" volume - it was ok, but mostly forgettable. I own some Tolstaya and Ulitskaya volumes that I haven't gotten to just yet, but I'm looking forward to them.
I can also recommend Maxim Osipov, arguably the finest writer of short fiction in Russia today. So far he's just had a few stories published in English - hopefully a collection in English translation will soon follow - but in the meantime, you can read his story "Moscow - Petrozavodsk" online at The White Review (http://www.thewhitereview.org/) from sometime today (3 Sept - but it's not up as of writing - and yes, it's my translation again) and a couple of pieces from his three-story cycle Kilometre 101 were published in Chtenia in May (but I believe you need to subscribe to Chtenia to have access). "Moscow - Petrozavodsk" won the Yuri Kazakov prize for short fiction, i.e. top honours.
Has anyone read it? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
The translator, Marian Schwarz, is one of the top American translators.
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