‘Eduard Limonov: Writer and Political Activist’

Talk by Dr Andrei Rogatchevski

The ‘enfant terrible’ of Russian literature, Eduard Limonov (b. 1943), a founder of the notorious National Bolshevik Party (NBP; 1993-2007), has almost imperceptibly grown into a ‘father figure’ for several generations of younger Russian authors of both sexes. Since at least the early 1990s, many of them have increasingly been fascinated by him and have been trying to imitate him. In May 2006, the literary critic Viktor Toporov noted: ‘Everyone who writes fiction now, writes about the NBP.’ What did Limonov write about and how did his career develop? What does it now mean to be a ‘Limonovian’?

These are some of the questions that Dr Andrei Rogatchevski will answer in his talk, which illustrates well the cross-over between the boundaries of the writer and political activist.

Andrei Rogatchevski is Senior Lecturer and Russian Programme Director at the University of Glasgow. He has studied at Moscow State University and the University of Glasgow, and taught and guest-lectured at various universities in Britain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and Scandinavia.

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Tickets: £7, conc. £5 (for GB Russiamembers)

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