At the book fair in Moscow, Dutch author Sana Valiulina will present the Russian edition of Kinderen van Brezjnev (published by Ast). This novel tells the story of love and betrayal against the background of the economic and mental decay of the Soviet Union, the ethnic tensions, the Afghan War, the criminalizing country. The apotheosis: the violent transition to the market economy, culminating in the new Russia.
Valiulina (1964) grew up in Tallinn (Estonia). After her studies Norwegian language and literature in Moscow, she emigrated to The Netherlands. Het kruis, a story on living in a Moscow student flat, is her semi-autobiographical and much discussed debut novel. Her epic novel Didar en Faroek, which is inspired by the life of her parents during the reign of terror of Stalin, was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize 2007 and has been translated into German. Kinderen van Bezjnev was nominated for the Opzij Literature Prize 2015.