From mid March until the end of April Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin will live and work as a writer in residence in Amsterdam at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
Shishkin (Moscow, 1961) studied English and German in Moscow. After graduation he worked as a street sweeper, road worker, journalist, school teacher and translator. In 1993 he made his debut as a writer with the short story Calligraphy Lesson. Today, Shishkin is considered one of the best contemporary Russian writers. His work has been compared to the likes of Tolstoj, Poesjkin and Tsjechov. He has won a range of prestigious awards in his home country such as The Russian Booker Prize, The Big Book Award and the National Bestseller Award. He resides in Zurich, Switzerland since 1995. His latest work The Light and the Dark, published in 2013, has been translated in 25 languages including Dutch: Onvoltooide liefdesbrieven was nominated for the European Literature Prize 2014.
The Dutch translations (by Gerard Cruys) of Shishkin’s novels are published by Querido.
On Wednesday April the 29th, The Centrale Bibliotheek (public library) in The Hague organizes an evening about Dealing with Putin with Shishkin and journalists Michel Krielaars and Oksana Chelicheva. The evening is English spoken.