The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine: What was and is the connection between literature and human rights?

We’re thrilled to co-host a talk given by Andrei Kurkov, one of Ukraine’s most prolific authors, with PEN Hong Kong.

Andrei Kurkov will discuss the role of literature in times of conflict, the role of media and fake news in the Ukraine-Russia crisis as well as the importance of writers’ voices in these contexts. This event is part of PEN Hong Kong’s new Literature and Human Rights Lecture Series which aims to keep the two topics linked in the public imagination.

Kurkov’s lecture is a free public event and can be registered for here.

About Andrei Kurkov

Kurkov has written 22 novels, including the bestselling Death and the PenguinThe President’s Last Love and The Pilkman in The Night, as well as Ukraine Diaries – Dispatches from Kiev, a first-hand account of the Maidan protests. He is also a children’s books author, with nine books for young readers written when he was a prison guard in Odessa, during Soviet times. His work has been translated into 37 languages.

He is also vice-president of PEN Ukraine and a member of the European Film Academy. In 2013, The Daily Telegraph wrote that Kurkov’s novels are “full of a sort of parodic wisdom that you would be foolish to take very seriously and even more foolish to take entirely unseriously.” Russian president Vladimir Putin took his portrayal in Kurkov’s novel, The President’s Last Love, so seriously that the book was banned in Russia for nearly two years.


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