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Literary Matrix: Writers on Writers. Igor Sakhnovsky on Osip Mandelstam

Language: in English

Igor Sakhnovsky will talk about Osip Mandelstam - the Acmeist poet who was arguably the greatest Russian poet of the 20th century and was without doubt one of the brightest stars of the Silver Age before his tragic death under Stalin. Mandlestam’s verse is a testament to the Acmeist belief that the clarity and exactness of words and images are the most important elements of poetry.

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Igor Sakhnovsky is a prose writer, editor and poet with a developed aesthetic sensibility; his works often combine striking realism, delicately crafted characters, humor and fantasy. His first novel The Vital Needs Of The Dead, a semi-biographical story of the ‘sentimental education’ of a young man in a Russian province, was translated into English, German and French and secured him a Fellowship from the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, UK. He has since been a finalist of major literary awards, including the National Bestseller Prize and the Russian Booker Prize. His novel The Man Who Knew Everything tells the story of a man who can access knowledge about nearly everything on earth after an electrical accident. It was shortlisted for the Russian Booker and Big Book Prizes, won the 2008 Bronze Snail award and was adapted for the big screen.

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