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Vladimir Makanin

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Vladimir Makanin

Vladimir Makanin is among the best-known Russian writers of the last twenty years. Born in 1937 in the Urals, he was trained as a mathematician and later as a filmmaker. His first passion was chess and then the cinema, but he made his name with his highly individual stories which won him instant fame among the Russian intelligentsia during the years of the Thaw. Makanin became widely known with the publication in 1982 of his Forebears, a novel about a faith healer. Many of his novels have been published in translation in Germany, France, Spain, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. His books in English include Escape Hatch & The Long Road Ahead, The Loss, and Baize-covered Table with Decanter, which won the Russian Booker Prize in 1993. He lives outside Moscow.

Articles by Vladimir Makanin

The Brother’s Keeper
By Vladimir Makanin
My brother ran away from me at Kursky. The depot then was an ordinary railroad station, not the modern monstrosity of cement and colored tile that it is today. It housed a crowd of people in its lobby…
Translated from Russian by Byron Lindsey
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