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Victor Erofeyev, writer and legendary dissident of Soviet Literature
Victor Erofeyev, a giant of contemporary Russian literature, has been hailed as the heir to the long lost Russian avant-garde. The son of a high-ranking Soviet diplomat, Erofeyev rebelled agains Soviet values, and his works were banned until the Gorbachev era. His first translated novel, Russian Beauty, was published in both eht U.S. and the U.K. to great critical acclaim, and his writings in The New Yorker have won many American fans. Here, for the first time in English, is a collection of short stories written between 1978 and 1990, some of which-in particular "The Parakeet" and the title-story-hae already achieved classic status in Russia. Written during the death throes of the Soviet Union, though still relevant today, they have implications that are not restricted to Russia alone. In a nimble translation that preserves the dazzle and nuance of Erofeyev's righ language, will introduce Victor Erofeyev to a new generation of readers.
In a rare US appearance, legend of Soviet dissident literature Viktor Erofeev will discuss the role of the writer in Russian culture, as it has evolved from the classical heyday of the nineteenth-century Russian novel, through the complicated years of Soviet repressions, to today’s new post-Soviet Russia. Erofeev offers an important perspective informed by a lifetime spent at the frontlines of Russian culture.
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