Writing about Revolution

King’s MLC presents

a talk by the author

Alexei Makushinsky

“The revolution and accompanying Civil War was the main event, or the main catastrophe, of the 20th century for Russia. It was a momentous and tragic period.”

Alexei Makushinsky
Interview to
Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In this talk,

Alexei Makushinsky addresses the subjects of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, particularly the psychology of revolution; the mental and ideological premises of the revolutionary action.

d49fd5f8-e782-4d23-9225-f4938b810b33Language Resources Centre
K-1.072 – first basement
King’s Building, Strand Campus
(overview map here)

Born in Moscow in 1960 and having graduated from the Gorky Literary Academy, Alexei has lived in Germany since 1992. Alexei debuted as a writer in 1998 and has published three novels in Russian – Max (1998), Town in Valley (2013), and Steamship to Argentina (2014) – as well as several collections of poetry and essays.

His homepage in English – also in German and Russian

He was the winner of the Rudomino Prize of the Library of Foreign Literature in 2012, a Big Book Award finalist (2014), and a laureate of the Russian Literature Prize (2015).

In addition to working as a translator between English, German, and his native Russian, Alexei has been an instructor at the University of Mainz’s Institute of Slavistics since 2010, and his own works have been translated into both Serbian and German. A new French translation of his novel Steamship to Argentina is set for release in 2017.

“Alexei Makushinsky’s prose stands out strongly when contrasted with many books of contemporary Russian literature. In Makushinsky’s writing, one senses the influence of nineteenth-century classical Russian novels as well as twentieth-century European intellectual prose (Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust). He is a splendid stylist who plays all the instruments of language, both Russian and foreign.”

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