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Kazakhstani short story long-listed for Russian Awards: celebration of adolescence

14 march 2014, 13:57
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Ilya Odegov. Photo ©facebook.com/Ilya Odegov
Ilya Odegov. Photo ©facebook.com/Ilya Odegov
Young Kazakshtani writer Ilya Odegov has been long-listed for the International Literary competition Russian Award, Tengrinews reports citing the official website of the award.

Ilya Odegov’s Timur and his summer was nominated for the Flash fiction category along with 12 other writers from Germany, Finland, Azerbaijan, the USA and Ukraine.

The short story touches upon the essence of growing up and the struggle to make meaning of changes happening in adolescence. 12 y.o Timur experiences his first moments of sexual awakening along with trying on a role of the patriarch of the family as he helps his grandmother with on her small farm. Odegov’s choice of a short story genre reflects the brevity of the actual experience of growing up.

The author graduated from the Kazakh State University of International Relations and Languages in Almaty. He is the winner of Contemporary Kazakhstani Novel (2003), a British literary competition Poetry On (2003) and Theatre seeks an author (2003). Odegov had previously been long-listed for the Russian Award twice.

The short-list is to be announced on March 25 and the award ceremony will take place on April 22 in Moscow. The Russian Award celebrates authors living outside Russia but writing in the Russian language in three categories: Extended Prose, Flash Fiction and Poetry.


By Gyuzel Kamalova

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