Zakhar Prilepin is a controversial Russian author and political activist who was born near Ryazan in 1975, received an education in Nizhny Novgorod, served with the Special Forces in Chechnya, and, after returning to Nizhny Novgorod, became the regional editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. He was a prominent member of Eduard Limonov’s National Bolshevik Party and later took part in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. His novel Sankya (2006), which draws on his own experiences with the National Bolshevik Party, was shortlisted for the Russian Booker and won the Yasnaya Polyana Award in 2007. His novel in stories Sin (2007) won the National Bestseller Prize in 2008. And his novel The Monastery won the Book of the Year Award, the Book Runet-2014 Award, and the Big Book Prize in 2014. Prelipin's Sankya and Sin are both available from Glagoslav Publications.
Camp Russia: On Zakhar Prilepin’s “The Monastery”
Sarah Gear interrogates the politics of Russian nationalist author Zakhar Prilepin and his newly translated novel, “The Monastery.”...