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Language: in English, with some readings in Russian

Sergei Dovlatov was a brilliant and poetic chronicler of life in the latter years of the Soviet Union but was persecuted by the authorities and never published there during his lifetime. The posthumous publication of his works made him one of the most popular and widely-read authors in Russia. His short novel Pushkin Hills ( Заповедник ), instantly evocative of time and place and with his distinctive wry poetic voice, so admired by Joseph Brodsky, is published for the first time in the UK in a translation by his daughter Katya.

His life, times and work are discussed by Katya, with Zinovy Zinik and AD Miller.

A.D. Miller studied literature at Cambridge and Princeton. In 2000 he joined The Economist ; from 2004-7 he was the magazine's Moscow correspondent, travelling widely across Russia and the former Soviet Union, and is currently its Writer at Large. He is the author of the acclaimed family history The Earl of Petticoat Lane ; his first novel, Snowdrops , set in Moscow, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the CWA Gold Dagger and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, and is translated into 25 languages.

Moscow-born British author Zinovy Zinik lost his Soviet citizenship in 1975 and arrived in London via Jerusalem in 1976. Zinik’s eight novels, six collections of short stories and numerous essays dwell on the dual existence of bilingual immigrants, religious converts, political exiles and outcasts – from habitués of Soho to Russian mushroom pickers in Aldershot, to displaced Lebanese refugees in Vienna and the sect of Jewish Muslims in Istanbul. His novel Russian Service as well as many of his short stories have been adapted for radio and his novel The Mushroom Picker was made into a film by BBC TV (1993). Zinik is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and BBC radio. His recent books include History Thieves , an autobiographical tale in English (Seagull Books, London, 2011), and the collection of prose Third Jerusalem (NLO, Moscow, 2013).

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