Varlam Shalamov


On April 20-21 Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS, Sweden) hosts an international symposium "The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction" (14 april 2017)

The symposium is organized by the UCRS, Dalarna University and University of Oslo. For more information see the Programme of the Symposium.

Yasha Klots: “From Avvakum to Dostoevsky: Varlam Shalamov and Russian Narratives of Political Imprisonment” (23 february 2017)

Thus, in an extended sense, the entire tradition of Russian prison-camp writing since Avvakum is likened to a file of prisoners beating a path through the snow. Every author in this literary procession is also bound to play the role of a reader – of those who came before him, of times and places where s/he has not been. Throughout his own works, Shalamov consistently invokes his literary precursors and refers not only to Dostoevsky, as well as tsarist-time revolutionaries such as Vera Figner and Nikolai Morozov, but also to Avvakum, whose trace he follows in one of his most memorable poems, “Avvakum in Pustozersk”.