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An intro. [Jul. 28th, 2009|12:57 am]
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Name or LJ username: Anya. broom__rider.

Age: I am old enough to be a wife and a mom, yet not old enough to stop to believe in love and other useless, but from my point of view important things. Some people associate me with Mrs. Addams.

Location: Northern Colorado, USA at the moment. It's not my native location though. I was born in Moscow, and spent two thirds of my life in Russia. I'm a nomad. I had moved 4 times for the last 7 years.

What books interest you? Heh. A few years ago I'd say: fantasy, poetry, myths & legends, world's folklore, horror, philosophy, classical mystery, religion, and anything that'd catch my attention. But those days I practically had stopped reading books. The reason is : "I've read it (or something like it) before". For the last couple of years I am reading only poetry - mostly Japanese poetry in translations, and the poetry of Russian Silver Age. It's not about substance, it's about the form.... Sometimes (quite rarely) I read other books, the books that I found exceptional. You can ask me what the heck am I doing in a book club... It'd be a good question:)

Do you write or what to be a writer?I write haiku- and tanka- poetry occasionally. In English and Russian. I don't think that it's good enough to be published, and don't have a desire to share it with many.

[User Picture]From: funkyturtle
2009-07-28 08:05 am (UTC)
I've been mildly obsessed with Russian/Slavic SF for a few years now, ever since I read Roadside Picnic and Memoirs found in a Bathtub within a few months of each other. Have you read a lot of SF by Russian authors?
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[User Picture]From: broom__rider
2009-07-28 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've never been into sci-fi, though at some point I was reading absolutely everything, and there was a whole pleiad of russian (soviet) sci-fi writers, so it was unavoidable. I do remember some names - Henrih Altov, Kir Bulychev, etc.
I've read a bunch of books by Strugatsky brothers (authors of Roadside Picnic, of course - they are enormously famous in Russia. My favorite book by them is "Monday Begins on Saturday".

Memoirs found in a Bathtub - is it a book by this Polish author Stanislav Lem? I've heard about this writer, and probably had read something by him a while ago, but since I was never really interested in Sci-fi, and, like every normal russian of my generation, being sick of the satire on the communism/socialism themes, I didn't really got caught by his books.

From modern sci-fi I can really recommend only M. Uspensky/A. Lazarchuk tandem, they are good. I have no idea if their books were translated, though.

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