Russian writer, historian, and laureate of the Russian Booker Prize (2014) Vladimir Sharov will talk about using historical facts in fiction, writers’ interpretation of history, research as a core component of writing and a phenomena of documentary fiction, and the correlation between personal and global history. 

Vladimir Sharov's lecture "Literature and History" will take place from 11.00 am till 11.45 pm at the main stage "Open-air summer sinema hall" in the Muzeon Park of Arts on June, 27, 2015. The partiicipation is free of charge, registration is required. 

Vladimir Sharov

Vladimir Sharov is one of the most outstanding Russian writers of prose and essays and also holds a PhD in Historical Sciences. Literary critics are yet to settle on a definition of his contribution to literary heritage. He has been dubbed “a living classic”, “a literary innovator” and “the creator of the alternative history genre”.

Vladimir was born in Moscow in 1952, where he graduated from high school with a physics and mathematics focus. In 1977, he joined the History faculty of Voronezh University. However, he didn’t continue an academic career in history and made his debut as a poet with the publication of his poetry in Noviy Mir magazine. His debut as a writer of prose came later in 1991, with the publication of his novel Tracing the Chronicle of a Generation in Thoughts, Comments, and Key Dates published in Ural magazine. After 1993 he was usually published in Znamya magazine, works included: Rehearsals (1992), Before and During (1993), Should I Not Feel Pity (1995), Old Girl  (1998),  The Raising of Lazarus  (2002), and  Be Like Children  (2008).

Following the publication of Return to Egypt in 2013, critics, including Natalia Kurchatova commented on his literary style: “the author works on the juncture between history and philosophy and mystic religious perceptions of reality”. Religion and different interpretations of religion play a key role in Sharov’s works, through which he explores the relationship between different religions and those that share the same roots. Sharov examines events in world history as an illustration of those portrayed in Bible. Vladimir Sharov’s works have been translated into various languages