The Yasnaya Polyana Award announced 2012 winners today: Evgenii
Kasimov won the “XXI Century” award for his story collection Назовите меня Христофором (Call Me Christopher) and Andrei Dmitriev
received the first-ever “Childhood, Adolescence, Youth” award for Крестьянин и тинейджер (The
Peasant and the Teenager), a book that’s also on the Booker and Big Book short
lists. Valentin Rasputin won the “Contemporary Classic” award. I listed Yasnaya
Polyana finalists in
this previous post.
|The other Rasputin:|
I’ve heard mixed reactions to Dmitriev’s book—inevitable, too, of course, for a book on so many short lists—which I’m looking forward to starting soon. Finally, I’ve read very, very little of Rasputin’s writing, though I’ve had one or two of his books on my shelves for years. Several English-language translations are available, including Farewell to Matyora and Live and Remember, both translated by Antonina W. Bouis, and Siberia, Siberia and Siberia on Fire, translated by Gerald Mikkelson and Margaret Winchell.