Literature Program

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


UB English Department & Hallwalls present

Mikhail Shishkin

Exhibit X Fiction

Mikhail Shishkin is the author of five novels and his fiction has been translated into twenty-five languages. In addition to winning Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (2005), he has won the Russian Booker Prize (2000). Following its publication in Russia in 2005, his novel Maidenhair was awarded both the National Bestseller Prize and the Big Book Prize, and in 2001, the Preis des Hauses der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. His latest novel, Letter-Book, won the Russian Big Book Prize in 2011. Shishkin has worked as a schoolteacher and a journalist. In 1995, he moved to Switzerland, where he worked as a Russian and German translator for asylum seekers. He now splits his time between Moscow and Zurich.

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