Today it was announced in Moscow that Igor Vishnevetsky won the prestigious 2011 NOS literary award for his LENINGRAD novel dedicated to the Siege of Leningrad during the WWII.

Vishnevetsky’s Leningrad is a masterful mixture of prosaic and poetical texts, excerpts from private letters and diaries, quotes from newspapers and NKVD internal documents, in which the author fuses rough documentary with philosophical grotesque and depicts the Siege as a moment of truth for Leningrad artists and white-collars.

The NOS Annual Literature Prize was founded in 2010 by the Mikhail Prokhorov Charitable Foundation to discover and support new trends in contemporary Russian fiction. The Prize winner receives an award of 700 000 roubles (around $25.000).

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