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Natasha Vodin received the First prize at The Leipzig book fair

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Natasha Vodin received the First prize at The Leipzig book fair


Natasha Vodin/@Svetlana Solovieva There was no Russian stand this year at The Leipzig Book fair, but there was definite Russian presence.

Gabriela Leopold's translation of one of the most challenging 20th century books, The Foundation Pit (Kotlovan) by Andrey Platonov was among competitors for the main prize in Translation category.

The semi-documentary novel She Comes from Mariupol by Natasha Vodin took the main prize of the Leipzig book fair. The organizers describe it as "a biography with elements of artistic fiction". This is a book about how the daughter of "Ostarbeiters" survived her mother’s death, the persecution of Russian refugees and their children during the Cold War.

As a non-native language writer Natasha Vodin received Adelbert Von Chamisso German literary award. For many years Natasha, who lives in Germany, worked as German-Russian translator. She has been in USSR many times. Thanks to her German readers could immerse in reading books of Venedikt Erofeev, Eugenia Ginsburg, Andrey Bitov.

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