Roundtable Discussion: "History, Mystery, and Russian Bestsellers: Understanding the Akunin Phenomenon?"

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Roundtable Discussion
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19:00, Saturday 7 Aug 2021 (2 hours)
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More than 20 years after the appearance of the first historical mystery starring the tsarist secret policemen Erast Fandorin, the phenomenon of Boris Akunin has not abated. Akunin, the pseudonym for Grigory Chkhartishvili, continues to top bestseller lists. In addition to his popular mysteries, he is also finishing a new multi-volume history of the Russian state and publishing "serious fiction" under his real and assumed names. The editors of The Akunin Project: The Mysteries and Histories of Russia's Bestselling Author (University of Toronto Press, 2021) will use this keynote roundtable to discuss Akunin's various projects, his political activism, and much more.

Speaker
Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University (OH)
Professor of History
Moderator
University of Calgary
Professor of Russian
Speaker
University of Manitoba
Associate Professor