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30/01/14

Launch of Before and During by Vladimir Sharov

Discussion and reading with the author, translator, and Philip Ross Bullock

Wed 05 February 2014 - 7.30pm Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA

Launch of Before and During by Vladimir Sharov (Dedalus Books), trans. Oliver Ready

Discussion and reading with the author, translator, and Philip Ross Bullock (Lecturer in Russian, Oxford). An English-language event. 

One of the most original and ambitious novels published in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, Before and During caused an unprecedented rift among the editors of Novyi Mir when it first appeared in that celebrated journal in 1993.
On publication in France, it was hailed by Le Monde as ‘a novel with no parallel in contemporary literature, a novel where fantasy does constant battle with the insane intention of embracing all of history with a single story’.
Now, finally, this masterpiece is available in English. Among its themes are the Russian Revolution, music, eroticism, memory and faith. Among its cast are Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Fyodorov, Alexander Scriabin, Lenin, Stalin, the denizens of a dementia ward in late-Soviet Moscow – and, uniting them all, Madame de Staël.

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