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Literary prize gives a guide: members of the jury of the prize V.K. Arseniev talked online

Writers, journalists and philologists talked about the "quarantine" creativity and the significance of the award for readers on the air. PrimaMedia

Vladivostok is the capital of the Far Eastern Federal District, and therefore a series of round tables dedicated to the literary prize "Far East" began precisely with it. What will global quarantine in culture lead to - isolation or blurring of borders? How will this affect the literary process in the world, in Russia and in Primorye in particular? What will happen to the literary prize? Writers, journalists and philologists from the Primorsky Territory, as well as members of the jury of the literary prize, spoke about the “cultural” quarantine and the creative process on self-isolation.

The meeting began with a one-minute blitz-poll of the prize curator Vyacheslav Konovalov. Each of the participants in the meeting answered the question: what positive and negative sides of self-isolation could you highlight?

Winner in the nomination "Long prose" award "Far East" them. V.K. Arsenyeva Andrey Gelasimov noted that the experience of quarantine for people who lived in the second half of the last century is not new. It was the “Iron Curtain” that allowed Soviet culture to develop in isolation and originality, and this bore fruit in the form of creativity - then a special layer of culture was created.

According to last year’s prize laureate and second season jury member Vasily Avchenko, it’s too early to draw conclusions about the effect of quarantine on the literary process. The negative changes in the economic sphere are obvious, which affect writers as well.

- Quarantine is an amazing experience, although it is not the first in our history. For me, this is something from the series "it happens and this in our lives." And also - an occasion to create something new in the literature both on the topic and in the form. People slowed down, became more contemplative, the need for literature increased, it seems to me, and this is the most important, ”says philologist, jury member of the second season of the prize Natalya Milyanchuk.

- I agree with Vasily and also say that it is too early to evaluate the writer's activity, but the readership has clearly increased. According to the library, the demand for educational and scientific literature has increased by 38%. Colleagues say that a twofold increase in interest is also observed in municipal libraries, because there really is nothing to do, everyone is eagerly awaiting the opening of libraries, and also read their collections, home, - says Director of the FEFU Scientific Library Sergey Soloviev.

The thesis of increased reader interest was also confirmed by the candidate of philological sciences, a member of the jury of the Far East Prize named after VC. Arsenieva Natalia Milyanchuk. She said that during self-isolation, a neighbor began to visit her, and now, having “swallowed” several works, she reads “The Wind Rose” by Andrei Gelasimov. Natalya Milyanchuk also recalled that the Far East Prize will affect the literary process as a whole and provide guidance, as well as tell the reader what to look for.

Director of the Far Eastern branch of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Alexander Zubritsky, who oversees the international LiTR program, spoke about the situation of foreign partners. China is still in quarantine, and the people of the country are grateful to him for revaluing the values. They convey their “thanks” to the organizers of the award and regret that the visiting sections have not yet been organized. In addition, quarantined Chinese linguists devote more time to translating Russian literature into their native language. 

The head of the Directorate of Creative Projects of the Roscongress Foundation, Ekaterina Ivanova, believes that quarantine will bring both positive and negative consequences. 

- All sectors of culture and art suffer serious financial losses. Theaters and museums are closed, filmmaking is suspended. At the same time, being in quarantine makes it possible to come up with new projects. From my point of view, literature is the least affected industry; nevertheless, writers and poets have the opportunity to work without leaving home. How will literature change? We’ll wait and see, said Ekaterina Ivanova.

- It is a pity that until there is "LiTR", "Media Summit", a book fair, at least in the formats we are used to. As for the rest, quarantine is not so bad: indeed, every writer can have his own "Boldin Autumn". But as a publisher, I can say that our business is under threat. It is already undergoing many changes, and now the problems are especially acute, - recalled the candidate of historical sciences, professor of the FEFU Department of Communications and Media Tatiana Prudkoglyad.

- In quarantine, people are actively getting acquainted with information technology. A noticeable increase in visits to library sites. So, in April, three of our subordinate libraries were visited by more than 10 thousand people - this is much more than before. Yesterday, the Ministry of Culture twice asked when the children's library would open, ”says Olga Maksimchuk, head of the organizational and analytical department of the Ministry of Culture and Archival Affairs of Primorsky Krai.

Olga also noted a small positive point: in quarantine conditions, library workers had time that had always been lacking before. Thanks to the free time, employees can, for example, work with funds.

When all participants in the meeting spoke out, the moderator of the round table and the curator of the award V.K. Arsenyev Vyacheslav Konovalov formulated thoughts that sound like refrain in the words of writers, in several sentences and summed up a small result. Following this, he offered to talk directly about the literary prize and how self-isolation affects it.

- The Big Book Prize did not postpone the validity period, but switched to the online format. I don’t know if this will affect the process, but I know for sure that there will be no buffet reception, and this will upset people (laughs - approx. Ed.). Nevertheless, the participants of the short list will still be called the second of June, I congratulate my colleagues in advance. It seems to me that LiTR should take place offline and always in Vladivostok: the place is painfully beautiful. “Arsenyevka” (V.K. Arsenyev's literary prize), since it covers all of Russia, should not suffer. The transition to the online format is even for the better: more people will send work, and round tables in the online format will help reduce the cost of flights and increase the number of participants from Primorye, Siberia, Kaliningrad and generally from all over the country. We need to use the situation, turn it from minus to plus, ”calls on Andrey Gelasimov. 

Vasily Avchenko recalled that the literary process associated with the Arsenyev Prize is going on as usual: applications are being received, the Prize Secretariat is processing them online. The value of the prize, he said, is great: it is a communication channel that allows you to draw attention to specific authors and works, and also provides a quality benchmark.

Alexander Zubritsky invited the organizers of the award to more actively attract foreign authors writing in Russian to launch it in a new round, international. The curator of the award, Vyacheslav Konovalov, supported the idea. 

According to Andrei Gelasimov, there is an explanation for this: last year people brought works written “well in advance”, and only a year passed between the first and second season of the prize, while Gelasimov believes that at least three are needed to write a novel. 

The Primorsky writer Sergei Tarasenko suggested expanding the number of nominations and adding at least one more - "Handwritten prose". Not all writers work with publishers, and for winning this nomination, the author could receive the right to publish his work. Then, according to the writer, the flow of supplied literature will be greater. His idea was supported by Alexander Zubritsky:

- Interest in the award is combined with interest in the Far East. As an organizer, I can say that the first time is always of greater interest than all subsequent ones, and this is normal. In the second season of the award, work is underway on the quality of the works, ”said Zubritsky.

At the end of the meeting, participants shared their assumptions on what the literary process will be after quarantine. The opinion expressed by Vasily Avchenko was supported by all participants in the round table.

- I am far from apocalyptic moods. Everyone says "the world will never be the same," but it will never be the same. There were more terrible epidemics, and unemployment, and mass hunger. Yes, the economic situation will affect the “optional” people and things that we are. But in the end, everything will be in order, Avchenko summed up. 

Recall that the second literary prize "Far East" them. VC. Arsenyev is gaining momentum. This year the award is sponsored by the Roscongress Foundation and the Eastern Economic Forum. To attract public attention to it, a series of round tables is planned in the regions of the Far East. Given the unfavorable epidemiological situation, the events will be held in an online format - the first of them took place on Tuesday, May 26, at 18.00:XNUMX, reports PrimaMedia news agency. The broadcast can be viewed on the website of IA PrimaMedia and on the social networks of the news agency, on the site premiumiaarseniev.rf and on resources Eastern Economic Forum.

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