Andrei Bely Prize

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The Andrei Bely Prize (Russian: Премия Андрея Белого; Premiya Andreya Belovo) is the oldest independent literary prize awarded in Russia. It was established in 1978 by the staff of Hours, the largest samizdat literary journal in Leningrad, to recognize excellence in three categories: prose, poetry, and theory. Among its founders were Boris Ivanov, Boris Ostanin, Viktor Krivulin, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, and other eminent figures of uncensored literature. The prize was named for Andrei Bely, whose influence spanned Russian poetry, prose, and humanitarianism. Materially, the prize consisted of an apple, a single ruble, and a bottle of vodka. Despite its playful character, the prize quickly became a major phenomenon of Russian literary life, and was awarded to a number of significant writers, including novelists Andrei Bitov, Sasha Sokolov, and Yevgeny Kharitonov, poets Gennady Aygi, Olga Sedakova, and Elena Schwarz, philosopher Boris Groys, critic Mikhail Epstein, and Sinologist Vladimir Malyavin. After a lull in the early 1990s, it was revived in 1997 with the addition of a fourth category, "services to literature", and continues to be awarded to this day. Recent laureates have included Mikhail Gasparov, Vladimir Toporov, Margarita Meklina, Mikhail Gronas, Shamshad Abdullaev, Vladimir Sorokin, Victor Pelevin, Boris Dubin, Sergei Kruglov, Aleksandr Lavrov, Elena Fanailova and Alexandra Petrova.
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award received: Andrei Bely Prize

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Vladimir Sorokin

Russian writer

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Blue Lard

novel by Vladimir Sorokin

author: Vladimir Sorokin

1999

Day of the Oprichnik

book by Vladimir Sorokin

author: Vladimir Sorokin

2006

The Blizzard

novel by Vladimir Sorokin

author: Vladimir Sorokin

2010

Сахарный Кремль

book by Vladimir Sorokin

author: Vladimir Sorokin

2008

Ice Trilogy

трилогия Владимира Сорокина

author: Vladimir Sorokin

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Eduard Limonov

Russian writer

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Sasha Sokolov

writer

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Mikhail Gasparov

Russian philologist and translator

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Antoine Volodine

French writer

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