Canadian author and biographer Rosemary Sullivan is guest of honor at B-Unlimited. Michel Krielaars, Russia expert and editor of the NRC‘s books section, will be engaging her in conversation about Stalin’s Daughter, her biography of the merciless dictator’s offspring. Stalin’s daughter (Svetlana Alliluyeva, later known as Lana Peters) was born in 1926. She spent her childhood between the walls of the Kremlin. After Stalin’s death in 1953, Svetlana sought refuge in the United States, leaving her two children behind. She eventually died in poverty in Spring Green, Wisconsin. For her biography, Sullivan acquired access to the archives of the KGB, CIA, and the Soviet government, working closely with Svetlana’s daughter as well. This event is conducted in English.
Rosemary Sullivan (Canada, 1947) is an award-winning poet and biographer. She has written 14 books, among them the international bestseller Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape, and a House in Marseille. She wrote biographies of authors Elizabeth Smart, Margaret Atwood, and Gwendolyn MacEwen, the latter biography winning various literary awards. She is an Officer in the Order of Canada and a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Her Stalin’s Daughter (2015), a biography of Joseph Stalin’s only daughter, has been published in 23 countries, receiving great acclaim and several awards.
Michel Krielaars (Amsterdam, NL, 1961) is writer, journalist and since 2012 Editor-in-Chief of the literature section of NRC Handelsblad. He studied history and Russian at the University of Amsterdam. Krielaars has written novels, a short-story collection, and various books on Russian history. Het brilletje van Tsjechov (Through Chekov’s Glasses) was published in 2014, a report of his travels through Russia in the footsteps of the famous author. His book Reizen door Rusland (Travels through Russia) earned high praise and won the 2015 Bob den Uyl Prize. His Alles voor het moederland (Everything for the Mother Country, 2017) tells about Stalin’s terror in the times of Isaak Babel and Vasili Grossman.
Event curated by Ilonka Reintjens (Writers Unlimited)
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