29 April 2012, 13:39

The Time of Women by Elena Chizhova

The Time of Women by Elena Chizhova
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When Elena Chizhova’s ‘The Time of Women’   was shortlisted for the 2009 Russian Booker Prize many were doubtful that it would be the winner. The novel seemed too plain and emotional for highbrow intellectuals accustomed to the  playful stream of postmodernist prose.

When Elena Chizhova’s ‘The Time of Women’   was shortlisted for the 2009 Russian Booker Prize many were doubtful that it would be the winner. The novel seemed too plain and emotional for highbrow intellectuals accustomed to the  playful stream of postmodernist prose. It was not a reader pleaser either: despite its domestic setting, ‘The Time of Women’ is an ambitious book that asks difficult questions of survival and personal responsibility in a totalitarian state.  Since its publication the novel only gained popularity here in Russia and in  February 2012  it was released in English by “Glagoslav Publications”. On today’s programme we look at what stood  behind this success and why a quiet yet solid personal voice of the writer was heard in a loud chorus of other literary voices. Our guests are the author of ‘The Time of Women’ Elena Chizhova,  Ellen Barry of The New York Times and Yana Kovalskaya of Glagoslav Publications.

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