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Andrey Kurkov & Maaza Mengiste

A panel discussion about the responsibility of writers and their readers presented in association with the London Review of Books.

Exactly a century ago, the first copies of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ to make it across the Channel in bulk from Paris were impounded by customs officials in Folkestone and burned for obscenity.

100 years later, one of the most courageous writers of our era was attacked in upstate New York. How do the examples of Joyce and Rushdie illuminate the responsibilities of writers in a consistently illiberal world, and of readers too?

Two celebrated writers answer that question through the lens of their own novels and essays, linked by the awful coincidence of two wars: Andrey Kurkov, the Ukrainian author of, most recently, 'Diary of an Invasion', and Maaza Mengiste, whose 'The Shadow King' was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and who has written about the Tigray War in the London Review of Books (LRB)

This event will be chaired by Sam Kinchin-Smith. Andrey will be on screen.

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Shadow King

Paperback, 13/08/2020, £9.99
£8.99
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, this is an utterly captivating novel about female strength. Set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers written out of African history

Diary of an Invasion: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Hardback, 29/09/2022, £16.99
£15.29
This journal of Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine is a collection of Andrey Kurkov's writings and broadcasts from Kyiv.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Paperback, 03/03/2011, £9.99
£8.99
Beneath the Lion's Gaze opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country.

The Bickford Fuse

Paperback, 15/06/2017, £10.99
£9.89
A satirical epic of the Soviet soul by the bestselling author of Death and the Penguin

The Case of the General's Thumb

Paperback, 04/03/2004, £9.99
£8.99
When the corpse of a distinguished general and presidential adviser is found, attached to an advertising balloon, lieutenant Viktor Slutsky is sent in to investigate.

A Matter of Death and Life

Paperback, 02/03/2006, £9.99
£8.99
Sick of life? Murdered, you will be of greater interest than ever you were in life. Our hero meticulously plans his own demise, except for one detail: what if he suddenly decides he wants to live? 'Kurkov's eye for the absurdities of Ukrainian life is as sharp as ever' - Sunday Telegraph

Penguin Lost

Paperback, 03/03/2005, £9.99
£8.99
Viktor - last seen in Death and the Penguin fleeing Mafia vengeance on an Antarctica-bound flight booked for Penguin Misha - seizes a heaven-sent opportunity to return to Kiev with a new identity.

The President's Last Love

Paperback, 05/03/2009, £9.99
£8.99
Since the operation he has started to develop freckles, and his heart donor's mysterious widow seems to have moved in with him... Spanning forty years, The President's Last Love is a hilarious satire on love, lies and life before and after the Iron Curtain.

 

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