Pushkin House Book Prize 2024 Winner

Elena Kostyuchenko, the journalist, writer and activist, has won the annual Pushkin House Book Prize for I Love Russia: Reporting from a Lost Country, translated  by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse and Bela Shayevich (The Bodley Head, 2023).  

I Love Russia draws on Kostyuchenko’s 17-year career writing for Novaya Gazeta, witnessing the deterioration of Russian politics and its consequences for society. She documents Russia as experienced by those it systematically and brutally oppresses, and whose voices  are rarely heard, including the LGBTQ+ community in the outer provinces, patients and  doctors at a Ukrainian maternity ward, Indigenous communities in the Far North, and activists and journalists like herself. Inspired to become a journalist by the work of Anna Politkovskaya, Kostyuchenko has faced the consequences of her brave reporting. She is driven by the conviction that the greatest form of patriotism is uncompromising and compassionate  honesty about one’s homeland.  

You can read the Q&A with Elena Kostyuchenko about her book here.

Featured Collections: Pushkin House Recommended Reading

We have put together new curated collections as a joint project between our public programming and bookshop, in the context of the discourses we are exploring at Pushkin House and in response to key debates taking place in the cultural and academic spheres.

Here are a wide range of voices from Russian, Eastern European and post-Soviet geocultural spaces and beyond: from artists, academics, curators and writers, as well as from ordinary people.

The collections include books on art, culture and literature in the context of the Russian and Soviet imperial legacy; Russian nationalism and historical memory; and the art world and institutions during times of upheaval as well as other key themes. You can browse the full list here.

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