May 1, 2015
THE GOLDEN KEY TO BLIND BEAUTY
Reading the Russian Revolution through Soviet Children’s Literature
Dmitry Bykov is one of Russia’s most colorful, versatile, and recognizable public intellectuals: Bykov writes poetry, fiction, biographies, and criticism, and is a co-founder of the Citizen Poet project, which showcases his satirical political poetry.
Bykov’s biography of Boris Pasternak won the 2006 National Bestseller and Big Book awards; he won the National Bestseller again in 2011 for Ostromov, or the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a novel about Freemasons in Leningrad during the 1920s that was also shortlisted for the 2011 Big Book, where it won prizes from the jury and readers.
When he’s not writing poems, novels, and biographies, Bykov serves as creative editor of the newspaper Sobesednik and often appears on television and radio, where he has hosted numerous programs, including the talk show “The City Show with Dmitry Bykov” on Siti-FM.