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TMORA Member Book Discussion – Half a Revolution: Contemporary Fiction by Russian Women
Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFREE
Exclusive to Members of The Museum of Russian Art, enjoy a small group book discussion led by a different docent each month. All books are available in TMORA Museum Store at The Museum of Russian Art.
For further information on the TMORA Member Book Discussion Group – click here
***Space is limited. Advanced registration is recommended.***
Parking for The Museum of Russian Art is directly across Diamond Lake Road in the Mayflower Church parking lot.
The May book discussion will be led by TMORA docent, Marie Grubisich
Half a Revolution: Contemporary Fiction by Russian Women
by Masha Gessen
Russian women’s fiction is an almost unexamined phenomenon that traces its existence from three 1989 anthologies. The Russian literary establishment is, and the underground was, male-dominated. Moreover, selling publishers on the seriousness of women’s work has been difficult. Consequently, editor-translator Gessen says, “In a time when writers . . . under glasnost are facing new challenges in the battle to be heard, women writers are silenced twice: by a lack of interest on the part of publishers and a lack of support on the part of `serious’ literary structures.” These nine stories, eight of them from the 1989 anthologies, Gessen sorts into three categories: “Realities,” “Transitions,” and “Experiments.” The newcomer, Natalia Shulga’s “Mashka and Asiunia,” differs also in its lesbian theme and appears among the “Experiments.” All are engrossing examinations of today’s Russian women’s emotional landscapes. They constitute an important addition to the growing chorus of international women’s literary voices. Whitney Scott
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.