Archive for ‘Russia’

March 26, 2010

Matvei Yankelevich Interview

Good friend of SLS, and former SLS Russia adjunct faculty member Matvei Yankelevich pops up in an engaging interview on Largehearted Boy.  The founder of Ugly Duckling Presse, Kharms scholar, and talented poet and translator is intriguing as always. Read the interview here.

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March 19, 2010

POPMATTERS REVIEWS RASSKAZY

Any review in which the book one edited is mentioned in the same breath with the works of  Chekhov, Turgenev, and Solzhenitsyn, should be considered a highly positive one. And it is indeed a positive one.

March 16, 2010

THE YOUNG WRITE DIFFERENTLY IN THE NEW EUROPE AND IN RUSSIA

Antanas Sileika (SLS-Lithuania), in an extended online conversation with Kathryn Kuitenbrower, makes some incisive points with regards to the differences between the work done by the new generations of writers emerging in Eastern/Central Europe and in Russia, as exemplified by two recently released anthologies: Best European Fiction 2010, edited by Aleksandar Hemon, and Rasskazy, edited by Jeff Parker and Yours-Truly.

February 13, 2010

SAM LIPSYTE’S NEW NOVEL

Sam Lipsyte’s forthcoming novel, The Ask, is being serialized in Five Chapters: http://www.fivechapters.com/2010/a-new-start/. Smart, edgy, dark, accelerated writing: Sam, who is a great friend of SLS, former two-time SLS-St. Petersburg faculty, comes closest, in our opinion, to becoming the new incarnation of Joseph Heller — providing a mordant, mirthlessly funny running comment on the sheer absurdity of the American… oh, any modern-day life we’re capable of recognizing, really.

February 11, 2010

EMILIE STAAT

Former SLS-St. Petersburg participant Emilie Staat writes:

Hi SLS,

I wish I could attend the New York reunion and that I had more concrete news to share about my book, but for the moment:

Emilie Staat is astonished daily that she’s a freelance writer in New Orleans. She’s finishing the third draft of her novel, The Winter Circus, the first draft of which was workshopped in SLS’s St. Petersburg, Russia program in 2007. She blogs about life, writing and New Orleans at: http://emiliestaat.wordpress.com/

Thanks,
Emilie

February 11, 2010

ANNE SORBIE

Anne Sorbie (SLS-St. Petersburg-’06) writes from Calgary, AB:

Greetings SLS friends!

I’m writing to let you know that y first novel, “Memoir of a Good Death,” is forthcoming with Thistledown Press in September 2010.

Best wishes for a great reunion in NYC!

Our congratulations!

 

February 11, 2010

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS

From Jayne Ann Phillips, one of SLS’s most favorite people:

Former SLS faculty member Jayne Anne Phillips’ new novel, Lark & Termite, was a National Book Award nominee in fiction, and is also a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award in Fiction (announced in March).  Jayne Anne Phillips is the Director of the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program.

February 9, 2010

EKATERINA TARATUTA’S “101 MINUTES”

St. Petersburger Ekaterina Taratuta‘s quirky, imaginative fiction, 101 Minutes — one of the brightest discoveries of the SLS-Russia 2007 “Tamizdat” Russian Literary Contest — on the Words Without Borders website, in Anna Barker’s strong, finely nuanced translation:  http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/one-hundred-and-one-minutes-.-.-/ Ekaterina (Katya), professor of philosophy at St. Petersburg State University, is a good friend of the SLS program.

February 7, 2010

ANGIE LEE

Angie Lee writes:

Hi SLS!
I was an SLS-St. Petersburg-2008 participant, and one of my stories has just come out in the current issue of Witness. the story is called “Eupcaccia.”

http://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org/

More soon, I hope. Keep up the great work!

February 7, 2010

LENIN’S LITTLE-KNOWN TWIN BROTHER

Via Bakhyt Kenjeev, and with much gratitude to the great Russian poet Bakhyt, here’s the site of a very interesting artist from Ufa, Bashkiria, Russia, Rinat Voligamsi: www.voligamsi.com. The “Informal Album” section of the site is dedicated to V.I. Lenin and his never-extant twin brother, Sergey Ilyich Ulyanov. Overall, smart and hilarious.

The above piece is listed as “Sergey Ilyich Ulyanov with daughter Natasha at Finnish border crossing. 1925.” Here are a few more samples:

Volodya Ulyanov going to the river to drown cat and kittens. 1880

 

Sergey Ulyanov in his antique shop. Zurich, 1937

  

S. Ulyanov and L. Trotzky. Mexico, 1938