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Writers in Residence Program

The Harriman Institute’s Writer in Residence Program brings renowned writers from Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe to Columbia for an extended visit. The initiative was launched in 2013 by graduate students from the Department of Slavic Languages eager to discuss literature with living authors from the region. Writers in Residence teach a short course, meet with students and faculty, and participate in special public events that allow the writer to present their work to a broader audience and to facilitate a cross-cultural dialogue.

Fall 2023 Writer in Residence

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“A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut.”

 – Daily Telegraph

“Pathos and humor shine through to make this a black comedy of rare distinction, and the penguin is an invention of genius.”

 – The Spectator

“A warm and surprisingly funny book from Ukraine’s greatest living novelist.”

 – New European

“Kurkov’s prose [in Grey Bees] is as unassuming as his characters. A gentle story of survival in a war-scarred land.”

 – Kirkus

“In Grey Bees, Ukraine’s most famous novelist unsparingly examines the inhuman confusions of our modern times and the longing of the warm-hearted everyman that is Sergeyevich for the rationality of the natural world.”

 – Financial Times

“Kurkov is a strangely entrancing writer.”

 – Booklist

“A brilliant satirical take on life in modern-day Kiev. Watch out, though, as Kurkov’s writing style is addictive.”

 – Punch

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