Year of publication: 2019
Sequence of publisher: Russian library
Keywords: Russian and Former Soviet Union
The Man Who Couldn't Die
Modern Prose, Story
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Olga Slavnikova THE MAN WHO COULDN’T DIE THE TALE OF AN AUTHENTIC HUMAN BEING INTRODUCTION Ressentiment Monsters MARK LIPOVETSKY I met Olga Slavnikova in 1987 or 1988. Back then we both lived in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg); she worked as an editor at Ural, the local “thick” and respectable literary magazine, and I was publishing my first articles in it. She had just finished a journalism degree at Ural State University (my alma mater too) and was launching her literary career, both as a prose writer (her first novella, A Freshman Girl, was published in 1988) and as a literary critic. We had many common interests—primarily the culture wars that were roaring around us—and quickly recognized each other as like-minded. The circle of young literati to which we belonged was mesmerized by the newly discovered continent of Russian underground and émigré modernist and postmodernist literature—from Vladimir Nabokov to Sasha Sokolov and...