Alisa Ganieva’s Салам тебе, Далгат! (Salam, Dalgat! in Nicholas Allen’s
translation), winner of the 2009 Debut Prize
for long prose, is a wonderful example of fiction where form and content
complement one other, creating a harmonious, readable work that has more depth
than you might initially feel or see. (Regular visitors to the Bookshelf know this
is my favorite kind of fiction…) Ganieva’s long story describes a day in the
life of Dalgat, a young man who travels around Makhachkala, Dagestan, on a
mission to find a relative, Khalilbek.
- Causa Artium, the organization that organized the Debut tour, has links on Facebook to press items about events.
- Debutprize.com has Debut information in English
- Pokolenie-debut.ru has Debut information in Russian
- Several books published by Glas contain translations of Debut writers’ work. Among them: Ganieva’s Salam, Dalgat! is in the Squaring the Circle collection, and Off the Beaten Track contains Savelyev’s Pale City as well as Bogatyreva’s Off the Beaten Track. Some stories in the Rasskazy collection published by Tin House (previous posts) were written by Debut writers.