Internationally acclaimed novelist Andrey Kurkov discusses his most recent book, Diary of An Invasion. "As horrific as Russia’s war on Ukraine has been, Kurkov’s point of view is illuminating and delivered with kindness and respect for the readers," says writer Olga Zilberbourg, author of Like Water and Other Stories, who will lead the discussion. "It’s a necessary book to read right now."
A Ukrainian who writes in Russian and Ukrainian, and the author of more than 20 novels and 10 books for children, Mr. Kurkov's work is currently translated into 42 languages, including English, Japanese, French, Chinese, Swedish and Hebrew. He has also written assorted articles for various publications worldwide including New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, La Liberation, Le Monde, Die Welt, Die Zeit. From 2018 till 2022 he was acting President of PEN Ukraine, running international and national literary and socio-political projects. For his novels, literary and human rights activities, he was awarded Halldor Laxness Prize (Iceland, 2022), “Legion d’Honeur” (France 2015), Medici Prize for Best foreign Novel (France 2022), “Freedom of Expression Award” (Index on Censorship, London 2022), “Readers’ Award” (France, 2012), Hans and Sophie Scholl Prize (Germany, 2022), National Critic Circle Award (USA, 2023) and others. Full of black humor, most of his books are set in post-Soviet reality.
Ms. Zilberbourg will give an author talk on Thursday, August 20 at the Rinconada Library.