This year the Russian “National Bestseller” book prize will be awarded for the 14th time. The short list for the prize comprises six works by Russian writers chosen from 48 books longlisted for the prize. The Secretary of the prize, Vadim Levental, reports that this year the jury has been especially unanimous: the major part of the list was left without any votes, whereas almost everyone voted for the finalists.
The huge arch of Earls Court Exhibition Centre curves over the myriad stands of London’s epic-sized 2014 Book Fair. Every April, more than 25,000 book-related professionals throng here from around the world. This year, a parallel programme of events marks the Russia-UK Year of Culture.
Bookmate took home the ‘Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award’ at the London Book Fair after beating hundreds of other companies to the prize.
The London Book Fair says the awards are, “unique new awards, celebrating achievement across the entire business of publishing, will provide a truly global industry vision. They represent the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence.”
At the end of March, the names of the authors shortlisted for 'Russian Prize' were revealed to the media who were all gathered at the Yeltsin Centre. The list of laureates included nine writers and poets from six different countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, USA, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The prize is awarded for works of literature created in 2013 in three areas namely, ‘Poetry’, ‘Short Story’, and ‘Novels’.
The first Russian prize 'Word' to celebrate the best scenario announced its laureates.
The prize is awarded to Yeugene Kerov for script to the film ‘Nechayev’s Dogs’ (nominated for ‘The best debut’) and Catherine Mavromatis, for the script to the film ‘Shame’ by Yusuf Razykova (‘The best script for a feature film.’)
St. Petersburg is about to challenge Moscow as the book capital of Russia at the London Book Fair (8-10th April). For the first time since the post-soviet era, St. Petersburg will set up its own stand right next to the Moscow booth.
More than half of the Russian population (56%) has admitted that they never or almost never read literary fiction. At the same time, as sociologists report, one out of almost every five people is sure that Russian literature is in crisis.
With the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, Russian literature will once again be showcased at the London Book Fair (8 – 10Th April). Under the brand name ‘Read Russia’ the programme is packed with a variety of events, panels and presentations with participation from some of the biggest names in Russian literature, translation and publishing.
The prize went to Angela Livingstone for her version of Marina Tsvetaeva’s drama Phaedra, the celebrated 20th Century Russian poet’s electrifying treatment of the Greek legend. ‘Not just an extraordinary and sustained translation, but poetry in its own right’, was one judge’s reaction, and another’s was: ‘A marathon done at a sprint’.
The 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize will be presented on the 8th of April at the London Book Fair. Six publishers have been short-listed for the 2014 IPA Prize including Irina Balakhonova the owner of the children’s publisher Samokat.
SLOVO is returning to London in March 2014 for the fifth time!
From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Bykov, Mayakovsky to Shishkin – literature has always been Russia’s calling card and writers have been its most important ambassadors. Their stories about their magnificent country, their insights into human nature,
Penguin Classics has published a new translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which is arguably the greatest Russian novel of all time. The novel "hinges on a murder scene of appalling violence and artistic brilliance, but what is the meaning of violence for Dostoevsky and his characters?" On Friday, March 7th Dr Oliver Ready, the translator of this exciting new edition, will be discussing the novel and the process involved in translating this classic.
2London-based company, Russia Local Ltd, in a partnership with a number of British and Russian cultural, educational and business organisations as well as media has launched an exciting new project called Russia4Brits intended to spread knowledge Russia among British schoolchildren. In challenging popular misconceptions about Russia by means of British youth, the project aims to benefit the cause of Russo-British relations and international business and trade.
Mikhail Shishkin is considered to be one of Russia's greatest contemporary writers. His first novel One Night Befalls Us All published in the Russian literary journal Znamia in 1993 was named “the best literary debut of the year”. Every next novel written by
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of the most well known pieces of Russian literature. It was described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless”, whilst another Russian writer Sergey Dovlatov admitted that Anna Karenina’s death at the end of the book was the worst thing that had ever happened to him.
The largest Russian Internet holding Ozon.ru is selling 20% of its shares for 150 million dollars.
As reported by Russian daily “Vedomosti”, Sistema JSFC and its subsidiary MTS, the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, are about to purchase 20% of shares of the Ozon.ru holding. Present shareholders are not to be
In October 2013 Russian leading eBook retailer LitRes secured a $ 5 million investment from the Investment Fund 'Russian Internet Technology' (RITF). The daily newspaper Kommersant reports that RITR received a “substantial stake in the company”, however the control over the company was retained by its owner, the Eksmo publisher.
Russian poet Eugene Evtushenko is known to coin a phrase that “In Russia, a poet is more than just a poet”. From its title to its highlights, the new documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin reflects on this Evtushenko’s sentiment.
In the introduction to the documentary Stephen Fry, whose appearance amazingly resembles Anton Chekhov’s, hails the great Russian literary tradition and points out that it “changed the
Andrei Ivanov's novel Hanuman's Journey to Lolland had it's first stage-performance at the Hamburg Thalia-Theatre (December 14, 2013) directed by the Estonian directors Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper. Sebastian Rudolph, Germany's "actor of the year 2012" takes part in the performance.
By the verdict of three of the five members of the jury, Andrei Volos has won the 2013 Russian Booker Prize for his novel Return to Panjrud. The prize for the winner is 1.5 million rubles and each of the finalists will receive 150 thousand rubles. This year 82 novels out of the 87 nominated were accepted into the competition for the prize. Along with Return to Panjrud