A salon with Mikhail Shishkin
From Pushkin to Putin, award-winning Russian contemporary writer Mikhail Shishkin treats us to a journey through Russian literary tradition, insights into the political climate and an exploration of dissent. Throughout Russia’s history, czars, general secretaries, and presidents bowed to the poets, hoping to derive from them spiritual legitimacy. Today’s Russia is a sad tale. One that Shishkin is ready to address fearlessly. Years ago, when he pulled out of representing Russia in a major international literary event in the USA, his open protest provoked an outrage in an already polarised country. To this day, Shishkin lives out of Russia. Come meet him at Full Circle.
Mikhail Shishkin is one of the most prominent names in contemporary Russian literature. He is the only Russian writer to have received all three most prestigious Russian literary awards: the Russian Booker Prize in 2000, the National Bestseller Prize in 2005, and the Bolshaya Kniga (Big Book) Prize in 2006. Born in Moscow, Shishkin has also worked as a teacher and journalist. He is admired as a refined stylist whose fiction engages Russian and European literary traditions and forges an equally expansive vision for the future of literature. His writing is richly textured and innovative and explores universal themes, such as love and death, pain and happiness, war and peace. His works have been translated into eleven languages, and all of his novels have been adapted for stage productions.
War or Peace. Russia and the West (2019), The Light and the Dark (2013), Maiden's Hair (2005), The Taking of Izmail (2000), Russian Switzerland (1999), Calligraphy Lesson (1993).
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