What is Russian literature now?

I also enjoyed this article in last Sunday’s NYT (I’m still catching up). I spent last weekend (or 2 weekends ago) at the Southbank Centre, learning as much as I could about art under totalitarian regimes at the Art of Fear weekend, and it was amazing. Things like this – that demonstrate the importance of literature in people’s lives – fascinate me:

Bulgakov’s work helped people recognize one another. “Many people began to speak by sentences from this novel. It was a language,” Ravinskij told me. “There were people who had read ‘The Master and Margarita,’ and people who had not read ‘The Master and Margarita.’ It was two different groups. It was a cultural difference, and at some point it became a political difference.”

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