The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize shortlist for 2015 has been announced and has some very interesting titles.
It includes Polish writer Jacek Hugo-Bader’s Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia’s Haunted Hinterland, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. You can read translations of Polish prose and poetry by Lloyd-Jones in B O D Y. The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée is another shortlisted book. You can read a great review of it by Michael Scammell in the NYRB here.
The other titles on the list are: St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past by Catriona Kelly, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy and Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev.
Read more about the award, the judges (Dmitry Bykov was one) and the book about Putin’s Kleptocracy that couldn’t be included, or even distributed in the UK, because it was mysteriously poisoned (okay, there was another reason) right here.
Readux 5 live
Tonight, March 9 at 7pm, Readux is presenting its Series 5 “Urban Voids: Berlin and Paris” in a live event in Berlin. The featured writers, translators and presenters are:
Roger Caillois presented by Ryan Ruby
A Little Guide to the Fifteenth Arrondissement
for the Use of Phantoms
Annett Gröschner with Katy Derbyshire
City Spaces: Filling in Berlin’s Gaps
The Idea of a River: Walking out of Berlin
Suburban Wonder: Wandering the Margins of Paris
For more info about the rsvp and the 4€ entry fee (which includes a drink and Readux book of your choice) check it here
Photo – From the cover of The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy