Literary roundup: Bykov and ‘Three Sisters’ in Berlin, Prague Writers’ Festival

Russian literature, theater and art will be in the spotlight in Berlin at the RusImport festival from November 29 to December 9. Highlights include performances of Pyotr Fomenko’s production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (in Russian with German titles). Fomenko, who passed away at 80 in August was one of the giants of Russian theater. Then, on December 2, Dmitry Bykov, who I recently wrote about, will be discussing “opposition among Moscow city poets” with Tilman Spengler and then there will be a performance of Our Best Piece by Dmitry Bykov, Mikhail Efremov and Andrey Vasilyev (in Russian).

Full festival program

Prague Writers’ Festival 2013

The Prague Writers’ Festival will take place next April 14-18 2013 and has just announced that its theme will be “The Birth of Nations” in the end of the Soviet Bloc, Arab Spring sense of the term (as opposed to the D.W. Griffith sense). One of those nations was Czechoslovakia, whose birth resulted from the Pittsburgh Agreement, which will be 95 years old next year. Next year also happens to be the 20th anniversary of the end of Czechoslovakia. So far only a few guests have been announced, one of which is Mary Heimann, who wrote Czechoslovakia: The State That Failed. The other guests are Czech writer Vladimír Körner and Algeria’s Yasmina Khadra.

English PEN Writing in Translation Awards 2013

Alex Zucker’s translation of Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop heads the list (from this Prague café table, at least) of the six books receiving funds to help promote literature in translation. Read more about the books here.

Photo © Natalia Cheban – Gorki-10, Russian literature lessons, A Theatre Performance in Two Parts by Theatre “School for dramatic arts”, Moscow Workshop of Dmitri Krymov

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