Artem Mozgovoy at Harvard Book Store
Spring in Siberia
in conversation with MICHAEL BRONSKI
June 28, 2023
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes author and journalist ARTEM MOZGOVOY for a discussion of his debut novel Spring in Siberia. He will be joined in conversation by MICHAEL BRONSKI—Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism at Harvard University.
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About Spring in Siberia
1985. Russia. As the Soviet Union disintegrates and Western capitalism spreads its grip across their land, the Morozov family finds itself consigned to the remote, icy wastes of Siberia. It is here that their only child, Alexey, is born.
A sweet and gentle schoolboy, Alexey discovers that reciting poetry learnt by heart calms his fears. That winter gales can be battled with self-invented games, and solace found through his grandmother’s rituals and potions. But when Alexey’s classmate, the son of KGB agents, confesses his love, the desire of two boys to be together clashes violently with the mad world around them.
Exploring the healing power of literature, the magic of first love, and the ways our family and homeland can save (or shatter) us, Spring in Siberia is a coming-of-age novel that, in the darkest of times, glows with hope and the yearning for freedom to be oneself – completely.
Praise for Spring in Siberia
"A capacious work of vision, courage, and thoroughness, Spring in Siberia upholds the original promise of the novel: which is to contain all, protect nothing, and to shift perpetually in definition and scope. A work of earnest, grounded, and ultimately hopeful testimony of selfhood at the brink." —Ocean Vuong
"I read this and was very very impressed. It was touching and well written, genuinely compelling and convincing." —Sir Stephen Fry
"With Spring in Siberia, a new, heady Russian dish—sweet, sad, savage and resolutely gay—has been brought in triumph to the table of American writing." —John Clanchy
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