Quick Study: Dmitry Bykov is one of Russia’s most colorful, versatile, and recognizable public intellectuals: Bykov writes poetry, fiction, biographies, and criticism, and is a co-founder of the Citizen Poet project, which showcases his satirical political poetry.
The Bykov File: Bykov’s biography of Boris Pasternak won the 2006 National Bestseller and Big Book awards; he won the National Bestseller again in 2011 for Ostromov, or the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a novel about Freemasons in Leningrad during the 1920s that was also shortlisted for the 2011 Big Book, where it won prizes from the jury and readers. When he’s not writing poems, novels, and biographies, Bykov serves as creative editor of the newspaper Sobesednik and often appears on television and radio, where he has hosted numerous programs, including the talk show “The City Show with Dmitry Bykov” on Siti-FM.
Psssst………: In an interview with the newspaper Komsomolskaya pravda, Bykov said his favorite word is “непрагматический,” (unpragmatic) saying, “For me, it symbolizes all the very best. If I see a good thing, I speak of it as ‘unpragmatic.’”