I watched a great documentary film yesterday, everyone. It’s called “Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin.” The title makes it sound way more political than it actually is. I mean, it is anti-Putin, but not overly so. It’s really interested and I learned a lot about contemporary Russian writers. There are six featured in the film: Dmitry Bykov, Zakhar Prilepin, Mariam Petrosyan, Vladimir Sorokin, Anna Starobinets, and Ludmila Ulitskaya. Prior to watching it, I’d heard of Sorokin (he wrote a book I desperately want to to read, Day of the Oprichnik), Bykov, and Ulitskaya. Now that I’ve watched the film, I want to read all the others’ work, too, especially Prilepin.
Watch the film below, exclusively on this blog! (Okay, it’s not exclusive to this blog; I’ve just always wanted to say that.)
(Click here to see on YouTube.)
There is a companion website, too, if you’re interested.