Return of the Great Russian Novel: The New Russian Realism (R2) with Liesl Schillinger
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)

“The New Realism” is a key phrase in Russia’s contemporary literary scene. It signifies the sudden shift away from the edgy, conceptual and avant-garde post-Soviet-period experimental literature. A shift to direct narrative prose in which young writers interpret and frame the emerging reality of their radically new Russia. The origins and causes of the New Realism, along with its meaning, have yet to be determined. In the meantime, R2 continues to evolve, the realism even gaining a unexpected touch of magic…

Come meet three writers (and one critic) belonging of this generation and discuss with the driving forces behind their work. This evening’s event will be moderated by Liesl Schillinger.

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