Fresh Next Week:
Born in 1949 in what is now Croatia, Dubravka Ugrešić made a controversial figure with her trenchant opposition to nationalism, both Serbian and Croatian. Her latest book Nobody’s Home tours Europe and America, finding that as the former Eastern bloc has thrown itself whole-heartedly into Western-style modernisation, the West itself is, ironically, beginning to take on some of the characteristics of the old Soviet state.
Thursday 4 October, 7pm, The London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL.
Givin’ ‘em away:
There can’t be much left to say about Joseph Stalin, so instead Historian Orlando Figes has created an account of the ordinary Russian people who lived in “impossible times” in The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia which draws on a huge range of resources. Read the review in the Times.
Thursday 4 October, 6.30pm, Free, email email@example.com to reserve tickets, The Gallery at Foyles.
Anything But Hackneyed and 3am Magazine present Tom McCarthy, Matthew De Abaitua and Russell Celyn Jones, all reading from their latest novels. Tonight’s event is in conjunction with Hackney Write to Ignite festival.
Tomorrow night, 6.30pm, free, Broadway Books, 6 Broadway Market, Hackney, E8 4QJ
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