Thomas Kitson (Columbia Ph.D. in Russian Literature 2009, Harriman Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-11) received special mention for his translation of Iliazd's Rapture from the 2018 Read Russia Prize jury. Kitson's translation was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. The award ceremony will take place during the London Book Fair, on April 11.
THOMAS KITSON RECEIVES READ RUSSIA PRIZE SPECIAL MENTION
Rapture is a fast-paced adventure-romance and a literary treat of the highest order. With a deceptively light hand, Iliazd entertains questions that James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Mann once faced. How does the individual balance freedom and necessity, love and death, creativity and sterility? What is the role of violence in human history and culture? How does language both comfort and fail us in our postwar, post-Christian world? Censored for decades in the Soviet Union, Rapture was nearly lost to Russian and Western audiences. This translation rescues Laurence's surreal journey from the oblivion he, too, faces as he tries to outrun fate.