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Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin (2013)

Stephen Fry presents conversations with the best of modern Russian writers. Vladimir Sorokin, Zakhar Prilepin, Lyudmila Ulitskaya and others talk about literature, politics, and, of course, freedom of speech during Vladimir Putin era.

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Paul Mitchell (co-director), Sarah Wallis (co-director)
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Stephen Fry ... Himself - Host
Vladimir Sorokin Vladimir Sorokin ... Himself
Zakhar Prilepin Zakhar Prilepin ... Himself
Lyudmila Ulitskaya Lyudmila Ulitskaya ... Herself
Dmitri Bykov Dmitri Bykov ... Himself
Mariam Petrosyan Mariam Petrosyan ... Herself
Anna Starobinets Anna Starobinets ... Herself
Juliet Stevenson ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
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Stephen Fry presents conversations with the best of modern Russian writers. Vladimir Sorokin, Zakhar Prilepin, Lyudmila Ulitskaya and others talk about literature, politics, and, of course, freedom of speech during Vladimir Putin era.

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Documentary

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TV-G
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USA

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English

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13 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Interesting introduction to Russian literature today
3 August 2017 | by susansmithpeterSee all my reviews

This very interesting documentary looks at six contemporary Russian authors working in different genres and a wide range of themes. It's engaging and gives a real sense of Russia today. I would definitely recommend it as a way to get a deeper sense of what is going on in Russia beyond the headlines.

I found the animations too precious, though. There is no need for every animation, even those in a summer birch grove, to have snow in the background. Also, I noticed that some parts of the spoken Russian were not translated. Not enough to change the meaning anywhere, but some of the flavor of the original is lost. Still, this is a good introduction and shows that the tradition of great Russian literature still continues.


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