video: vladimir sorokin

Sorokin Copyright Jean Marc Virign R Ho K 2 LR

‘A Russian writer has two options: either you are afraid, or you write.’ Vladimir Sorokin writes, and has been writing for decades, against every political and literary movement.

Knack journalist Jeroen Zuallaert spoke to the author at the Passa Porta Festival about his visionary, idiosyncratic oeuvre. Depending on his readers, Sorokin is either a scandalous writer challenging the state or a provocative hero. A conversation held in the Workshops of La Monnaie on what it means to him to be a Russian writer.

Look back at this conversation thanks to the full recording below.

picture © Jean-Marc Virign
video © Oscar Schütz