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From Soviet Hell to the Putin Nightmare
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Two Literary Protest Almanachs: Metropol (1979) and VYKHOD (2022)
Born in Moscow in 1947, Victor Erofeiev is a well-known writer, television, and radio personality. His father was Stalin’s personal interpreter for French. He became known worldwide for his novel Russian Beauty, published in 1989 and translated into 27 languages. In 1979 he was expelled from the USSR Writers’ Union for his participation in the literary anthology Metropol, which included texts that were banned by Soviet censors. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he republished this almanac. Erofeiev’s writing, particularly his novel Encyclopedia of the Russian Soul (1999), has been controversial among Russian nationalists. (1999). Erofeev’s contributions to literature have earned him numerous accolades, including the Legion d’Honneur and the Ordre d’Art et Letters in France and the Kommandor Cross in Poland. Besides writing, Erofeiev has taught and lectured around the world in English, French, Russian, and Polish. He contributes regularly to German newspapers, including FAZ, Die Zeit, and Die Welt. In March 2022, Erofeiev left Russia and is now a professor of literature at Luneburg University in Germany. In April 2023, he published a collection of essays titled Naked Russia, dedicated to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. In his most recent work, The Great Gopnik, to be published by Matthes & Seitz later this year, he relates his biography to that of Vladimir Putin.
Sponsor(s): Center for World Languages, Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures