5 February 2012, 16:09

Dystopia for our times: "2017" by Olga Slavnikova

Dystopia for our times: "2017" by Olga Slavnikova
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Thanks to a superb translation by Marian Shwartz, Olga Slavnikova’s dystopian novel “2017”, arguably  the writer’s most important  work today is now available in English. I talk to Marian Schwartz about the joys and challenges of translating  Slavnikova’s rich and poetic language.

Thanks to a superb translation by Marian Shwartz, Olga Slavnikova’s dystopian novel “2017”, arguably  the writer’s most important  work today is now available in English. I talk to Marian Schwartz about the joys and challenges of translating  Slavnikova’s rich and poetic language. A London based literary critic Phoebe Taplin tells us what makes this genre-defying novel special  and Olga Slavnikova reveals her thoughts on the cyclical nature of Russian history, human role in disclosing natural beauty and the act of writing as a tool for envisioning the future.

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