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Alisa Ganieva: Challenging Russia’s Narrative

14 April, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

On the edge of the continent, Russia nevertheless makes its presence felt in Europe. This event will be a unique opportunity to hear from a young voice with much to say about Russian ethnic tensions, gender roles and the current state of Russia.

Russian writer and journalist Alisa Ganieva published her first novel, Salam Dalgat! under a male pseudonym, so that she could write about the male-dominated world of today’s Dagestan without censure. She won the 2009 national Debut Prize for the novel, only revealing her identity at the prize winning ceremony. She writes that ‘I wanted to show the split personality typical of young Dagestanis today: on the one hand, they live in secular state…but on the other hand, the conservative Causcian mentality is still strong in them’.

Ganieva’s subsequent novels continue to deal with these subjects, shedding light on a question few other Russian writers have dealt with.

Ganieva will be joined by Imtiaz Dharker, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry, who travelled to Russia for the British Council in 2014. The conversation will be chaired by BBC journalist Kirsty Lang.


14 April, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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