The 2011 National Bestseller shortlist is in. Here are the finalists, in Russian alphabetical order, with the number of points they accumulated during their journey from long to short list:
- Dmitrii Bykov: Остромов, или Ученик чародея (Ostromov, or the Sorcerer’s Apprentice) (11 points)
- Mikhail Elizarov: Мультики (‘Toons) (6 points)
- Pavel Peppershtein: Пражская ночь (Prague Night) (6 points) (excerpt)
- Andrei Rubanov: Психодел (Psychodeal) (6 points)
- Figl’-Migl’: Ты так любишь эти фильмы (You Love Those Films So Much) (6 points)
- Sergei Shargunov: Книга без фотографий (A Book Without Photographs) (5 points)
A few notes:
- Elizarov’s book, ‘Toons, is the only one I’ve read (previous post) thus far.
- The writer known as Figl’-Migl’ is new to me: this pseudonym means “trick” (though the Russian term is plural) so I guess I’ll think of this writer as The Trickster.
- Bykov has already won the NatsBest award once.
- The winner will be announced on June 5. The jury for the next level is chaired by Kseniia Sobchak….
- Comments about any books you’ve read, want to read, or have no intention of reading would be most welcome!
There’s a bit more here on OpenSpace.ru.