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Vancouver Writers Fest and Upstart & Crow presents Andrey Kurkov: Diary of an Invasion
The Vancouver Writers Fest and Upstart & Crow Literary Arts Studio welcomes Ukraine’s most celebrated writer, Andrey Kurkov, to discuss his latest work with international correspondent for The Globe and Mail, Nathan VanderKlippe. Diary of an Invasion is a searing dispatch from the heart of Kyiv during the first year of the Russian assault.
Kurkov has been a consistent satirical commentator on his adopted country of Ukraine, described as “a latter-day Bulgakov . . . A Ukrainian Murakami” by the Guardian. His most recent work, Grey Bees, is a dark foreshadowing of the devastation in the eastern part of Ukraine in which only two villagers remain in a village bombed to smithereens, and recently won the National Book Critic Circle Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize.
Now, amidst the invasion, he spends the sleepless nights of continuous bombardment of his city delivering the truth about this invasion to the world. “This new Ukrainian reality far outdoes my writer’s imagination,” he explains.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from one of the foremost minds in European literature and an essential voice in the global anti-war movement.