Evguéni Vodolazkine : «D’une révolution, il ne reste qu’un trou béant »

Evguéni Vodolazkine : «D’une révolution, il ne reste qu’un trou béant »

L’incarnation de l’utopie est une des choses les plus terrifiantes qui soient, est persuadé Evguéni Vodolazkine, écrivain russe contemporain, auteur de plusieurs romans historiques, dont le premier, Les Quatre vies d’Arséni, est traduit en français. Dans un entretien au Courrier de Russie, il explique comment la révolution de 1917 a réveillé chez les Russes leurs

Challenging Russia’s materialist worldview

Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus was a finalist for WORLD’s 2015-2016 Book of the Year for fiction. It is a long, sprawling novel, translated from the Russian by Lisa Hayden. Russians have given Laurus literary honors because, among other things, it challenges the materialist worldview of Stalin and Putin. The big novel’s main character, Arseny—born in 1440

Laurus – a Russian Masterpiece, a Universal Novel

A Russian philologist has written a book that is a masterpiece by any standards. It has already been published in twenty languages, attracting international attention. First published in Russian in 2013, Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus became an instant national success winning several of the most prestigious Russian literary awards, among them the National Big Book Award

Jade Craddock: Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

Unlike some of the countries on this literary globetrot that I’m barely able to spell let alone am familiar with, Ukraine is a country that is now, as a result of recent problematic events, on everyone’s map. And unfortunately for most, the lasting impression will be the one perpetuated in the media. I have neither

Evgenij Vodolazkin: “Ich spüre in Russland eine neue Energie”

Am Sonntag war der russische Schriftsteller Evgenij Vodolazkin zu Gast in der Berliner Galerie Quadrat. Der Autor stellte seinen neuen Roman vor und erzählte, warum er an eine „neue Energie“ in Russland glaubt. Erst mit 50 Jahren beginnt der Literaturwissenschaftler aus Sankt Petersburg mit dem Schreiben von Prosa. Drei Jahre arbeitet er an einem Roman,

Laurus

And the knowledge of names,” Socrates explains to Hermogenes in the Cratylus, “is a great part of knowledge.” An important concomitant of Cratylus’s naturalist account of naming that goes unnoticed in Plato’s dialogue but upon which Scripture fixes attention is that a change in nature seems to suggest, even demand, a change in name. And

Eugene Vodolazkin and our Spiritual Void

Though Nabokov had high admiration for Andrei Bely’s arid symbolist novel Petersburg, and others have heaped accolades on Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, it seems safe to say that the twentieth century never gave us a Russian novelist of the stature of Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. Perhaps now, in this new century, we have a Russian

Feeling Like a Fool

No one wants to feel like a fool. When it happens, our faces flush, we turn our eyes away (usually towards the ground). We usually want to hide or disappear, and, just as likely the burn in our face quickly passes to the hot burn of anger. Often what follows are words or actions we

Evgheni Vodolazkin -“Laur”

Este un roman bine scris, cu un personaj principal (cu numele lui final de Laur) carismatic, cu o devenire supra-umană interesantă ca parcurs iniţiatic, cu umor bun pe alocuri, în general o carte uşor de citit, fără a vă pune nervii sau răbdarea la încercare prin tot felul de invenţii narative, cu o nuanţă de

The Russian Soul: Janet Fitch on Eugene Vodolazkin

IT’S HARD TO WRITE saintly characters. Alyosha in The Brothers Karamazov is the least interesting of the brothers. Everybody reads the Inferno, but how many make it to Paradise? Yet Eugene Vodolazkin, whose second novel, Laurus, won both Russia’s Big Book and Yasnaya Polyana prizes in 2013, succeeds gloriously, giving us not just goodliness but