The Akunin Project

The Mysteries and Histories of Russia's Bestselling Author

Elena V. Baraban (Redaktør) ; Stephen M. Norris (Redaktør)

The Akunin Project is the first book to study the fiction and popular history of Grigorii Chkhartishvili, one of the most successful writers in post-Soviet Russia. In the first two decades of the twenty-first century, Chkhartishvili has published over sixty books under the pen names Anatolii Brusnikin, Anna Borisova, Akunin-Chkhartishvili, and most commonly, Boris Akunin. Les mer
Vår pris
1063,-

(Innbundet) Fri frakt!
Leveringstid: Usikker levering*
*Vi bestiller varen fra forlag i utlandet. Dersom varen finnes, sender vi den så snart vi får den til lager
På grunn av Brexit-tilpasninger og tiltak for å begrense covid-19 kan det dessverre oppstå forsinket levering.

Innbundet
Legg i

Er du interessert i historiebøker ?
Bli med i fordelsklubben Vår historie og få fordelspris kr 903,-

Innbundet
Legg i
Vår pris: 1063,-

(Innbundet) Fri frakt!
Leveringstid: Usikker levering*
*Vi bestiller varen fra forlag i utlandet. Dersom varen finnes, sender vi den så snart vi får den til lager
På grunn av Brexit-tilpasninger og tiltak for å begrense covid-19 kan det dessverre oppstå forsinket levering.

Er du interessert i historiebøker ?
Bli med i fordelsklubben Vår historie og få fordelspris kr 903,-

Om boka

The Akunin Project is the first book to study the fiction and popular history of Grigorii Chkhartishvili, one of the most successful writers in post-Soviet Russia. In the first two decades of the twenty-first century, Chkhartishvili has published over sixty books under the pen names Anatolii Brusnikin, Anna Borisova, Akunin-Chkhartishvili, and most commonly, Boris Akunin. His series featuring the tsarist secret policeman Erast Fandorin has sold over 15 million books in Russia alone, making Akunin one of the bestselling authors of the post-Soviet era. Combining intertextuality, allusions, pastiche, and other markers of postmodern playfulness, many of Akunin's works have been translated into English and have also been adapted for film and television. Akunin's public profile has been further enhanced by his active involvement in mass political protests against Vladimir Putin. The author left Russia in 2014 and currently lives in Western Europe as an ex-pat.


Despite Akunin's international reputation as a celebrated writer, there is very little critical work on his literary output and his mysterious persona. Bringing together scholars of literature, history, and culture, The Akunin Project fills this gap by exploring the author's bestselling adventure novels and recent histories of the Russian state. The book includes translations of five short works previously unavailable in English as well as an interview with the author.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

1. Introduction: The Akunin Project
Elena V. Baraban and Stephen M. Norris


2. Interview with Grigorii Chkhartishvili: Boris Akunin Introduces the Edited Volume


Part I. Postmodern Detektiv: The Erast Fandorin Series


3. In Search of a Hero: Boris Akunin's Death of Achilles
Elena V. Baraban


4. Rewriting Homer: Boris Akunin's Postmodern Approach
Judith Kalb


Part II. Amateur Detectives: The Sister Pelagia Trilogy and Adventures of Nicholas Fandorin


5. Tempting the Reader into a Search for Meaning: Boris Akunin's Pelagia Trilogy
Claire Whitehead


6. "A Little Theory": Boris Akunin's "Crime and Punishment"
Zara Torlone


Part III. Buried Secrets and Historical Spies in Akunin's Works


7. The Mysteries of Moscow: In Which Boris Akunin Impersonates a French Writer and Reveals a Buried Secret
Elizabeth Richmond-Garza


8. Spying on the Past: Boris Akunin's History of Espionage
Stephen M. Norris


Part IV. Re-Writing the History of Russia


9. L'Etat, C'est Tout: Boris Akunin's History of the Russian State and the National History Canon
Ilya Gerasimov


10. An Instructional Manual for the Nation: Boris Akunin's History of the Russian State
Stephen M. Norris


Part V. New Pseudonyms and Projects: Anatoly Brusnikin and Akunin-Chkhartishvili


11. "Under the Wide-Branching Cranberry": Stiob and Allusion in Anatoly Brusnikin's Ninth Savior
Yekaterina Severts


12. The Family Album: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances
Elena V. Baraban


Part VI. Boris Akunin as a Literary and Commercial Project


13. Socialist Realism Inside-Out: Boris Akunin and Mass Literature for the Elite
Bradley Gorski


14. Boris Akunin and Cross-Media Marketing
Natalia Erlenkamp


15. Conclusion: A Dozen Questions for Boris Akunin


Appendices: Excerpts from Boris Akunin's Untranslated Works


1. Grigorii Chkhartishvili, "If I Were a Newspaper Magnate: Notes of a Restless Cow" (1999), translated by Bradley Gorski


2. "A New Karamzin Has Appeared" and "General Introduction" to Boris Akunin, The History of the Russian State, translated by Stephen M. Norris


3. Excerpt from Boris Akunin, Spy Novel (2005), translated by Stephen M. Norris


4. Excerpt from Anatoly Brusnikin, The Ninth Savior, translated by Yekaterina Severts


List of Works by Boris Akunin

Om forfatteren

Elena V. Baraban is an associate professor in the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Stephen M. Norris is the Walter E. Havighurst professor of Russian History and the Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University in Ohio.