The FSC Once Again at the Moscow Book Fair and in Yasnaya Polyana
The International Foundation – Forum of Slavic Cultures presented the 100 Slavic Novels series at the Moscow International Book Fair for the second year in a row. After Moscow the authors representing the series continued their visit to Russia at the Leo Tolstoy’s estate in Yasnaya Polyana where they were special guests of the traditional international writers’ meeting.
At the invitation of the Forum of Slavic Cultures and in co-operation with the Centre of Slavic Cultures Moscow the writers Venko Andonovski from Macedonia, Alexander Kabakov from Russia and Vlado Žabot from Slovenia represented the 100 Slavic Novels series at the Moscow International Book Fair. They presented their works and discussed the 100 Slavic Novels series. In the discussion they were joined by the translators Olga Pankina and Zhana Perkovskaya as well as Mateja Jančar, 100 Slavic Novels project manager at the FSC. The participants and the audience agreed that this is a very important project since Slavic literatures are still underrepresented at the book markets of other Slavic countries, even though these literatures are very important, interesting and of high quality.
The 100 Slavic Novels authors continued their visit at the Leo Tolstoy estate in Yasnaya Polyana where an international writers’ meeting traditionally takes place on Leo Tolstoy’s birthday on 9 September. At this occasion Macedonian writer Venko Andonovski discussed his work with a renowned Russian writer Eugene Vodolazkin whose award-winning novel Laurus is also on the Russian list of 100 Slavic Novels series. Venko Andonovski - his novel Alphabet of the Insubordinate was translated into Slovenian, Russian and Serbian within the series - is among this year’s nominees for the Yasnaya Polyana Foreign Fiction Award. Slovenian Writer Vlado Žabot held a lecture for the students and the participants of an international conference at the Leo Tolstoy University in Tula. Among others, he stressed the importance of Slavs getting more integrated and better acquainted with one another, he touched Slavic mythology and traditions, and during a lively discussion presented his book Wolf’s Nights that has so far been translated into Macedonian, Russian and Serbian as part of 100 Slavic Novels collection.