Russian Literature (02:15)
The hardship and despair initially turned Western readers off from Russian literature, but it went on to chance fiction writing. Its popularity dwindled after the fall of the Soviet Union. Six new writers are carrying on the traditions.
Zakhar Prilepin (10:53)
Zakhar Prilepin's writing has angered liberals in Russia because of its positive portrayal of the Soviet Union. He draws inspiration from his time fighting in Chechnya with the Special Forces and working with extreme National groups in Russia. Literary critics say Prilepin brings a sense of empathy and compassion to the Russian warrior spirit.
Power of Russian Writers (05:35)
Writers have always had a sense of power in Russia because during the Soviet era writing was the only available media. Dmirty Bykov says poets must have confidence because politicians will undermine their dignity. Lyudmila Ulitskaya writes about Russian politics because she felt something needed to be done.
Anna Starobinets (09:07)
Previous banned and contemporary literature is now widely available in Russia. Anna Starobinets grew up in two eras of Russian history and writes novels about growing up and parenting.
Mariam Petrosyan (08:53)
Russia was isolated from Western cultures for most of the 20th Century. Mariam Petrosyan grew up in a Russian-Armenian family in Armenia and started writing at a young age.
Petrosyan's Popularity in Russia (05:40)
Eight years after Petrosyan left a manuscript with friends in Moscow, it was published and won awards in Russia. Petrosyan captures a longing for escape in her novels.
Vladimir Sorokin (05:05)
Vladimir Sorokin tries to re-invent himself with every new work. He believes new Russian writers can learn from the old but should not idolize them. He started writing with an underground artistic movement in the 1970s.
Politician Activist (06:04)
Sorokin's works has compared Vladimir Putin to Ivan the Terrible. He writes about oppressive futures from the view of the oppressors. All Russian writers are trying to grapple with their country's past.
Credits: Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin (00:42)
Credits: Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin
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