Grigory Ryzhakov – Russian Writer

Russia

Moscow International Book Fair – Winds of Change

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In addition to the Congress of Translators, I was fortunate to attend the 27th International Moscow Book Fair on the 3-7th of September 2014. There I participated in a panel discussing self-publishing revolution and its onset in Russia.

Russian book industry is lagging behind its American counterpart in terms of its infrastructure and general consumer’s habits, yet its gross value is impressive – over 2 billion dollars a year.… Read the rest

Best 100 Novels of the XXIst Century: Pt2 – Contemporary Russian Novels

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Last week, I blogged about the Afisha’s list of Best XXIst Century novels, now I’ll conclude that post with a summary of contemporary Russian books that ended up on that list. Some of these books or other books written by the shortlisted authors are available in translation in English and other languages and I’ll underline and hyperlink them to websites where you can download them.… Read the rest

The Crimea of Discord. Reading Putin’s Mind

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The Black Sea area over the Crimean flag

While the whole world is waiting for Putin’s next move in Ukraine, I’m contemplating about his motivations.

After enjoying the diplomatic success and outplaying the White House in Syria and triumphantly hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Putin was at the height of his popularity in Russia and probably outside Russia too.… Read the rest

New Russian Scifi – Future: Immortality and Overpopulation

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Forget the Death. (the central motto in the  new Russian scifi novel “Future” by Dmitry Glukhovsky).

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic science fiction has been popular from the very birth day of the genre. Many recent novels of this kind focus on intricate plots, yet an occasional gem goes a notch above and explores some deep themes and ideas and things that may actually happen in the near future.… Read the rest