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JULIA KISSINA

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

* Julia Kissina herself is a marvelous hybrid creature: internationally acting artist with an oeuvre of installations, photography and performances on the one hand and one of the most unconventional contemporary writers on the other. [...] Her literary archeology of late socialism seems not at all reactionary but highly topical, as it does with Esterhazy or Tellkamp: because it's the influences and mentalities of that time that cause the grotesques and tragedies in the European present.
Alexander Camman, DIE ZEIT, Germany

SPRINGTIME ON THE MOON
novel

* The novel "Springtime on the Moon", with its Homeric humor, is a masterpiece in the spirit of Fellini's "Amarcord", a book of memory. Kissina does not strike a single false note. It is one of the best (sharp, accurate, metaphysical) texts of our generation.
CHASNY KORRESPONDENT, Moscow

* An absurd, wonderfully wound-up and comical novel... Intense, eloquent, fantastic and amusing, but sometimes also malicious and merciless – this is what Julia Kissina's novel proves to be. DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR, Germany

* Enchanted, crazy: Julia Kissina's novel "Springtime on the Moon" convinces with warmth and humor, impudence and thoughtfulness.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, Germany

* How can an adult convey a sense of the wealth and chaos of teenage consciousness? Julia Kisina does the impossible in "Springtime on the Moon". This is a striking work; an amazingly beautiful evocation of the lost world of youth, set in Kiev.
Clemens Hoffman, WEST-GERMAN BROADCASTING (WDR-5) Germany

* "Springtime on the Moon" is often studiedly amusing, but the attempt to take more than light fiction from her own memories lends Kissina's book a Nabokovian dimension.
SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Germany

* As funny as Kaminer and as serious as Nabokov.
SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Germany

* In her intensity Kissina's image-like prose recalls Bruno Schulz.
TAGESSPIEGEL, Germany

ELEPHANTINA'S MOSCOW YEARS
novel

* "Elephantina's Moscow Years" is a veritable inferno of a novel: smart, funny, imaginative, with powerful scenes.
Meike Fessmann, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Germany

* Kissina breaks open metaphors and puts them together anew, so that you have to laugh out loud or marvel at the sheer originality of it all. [...] The colorful, grotesque, poetic images of «Elephantina» do not portray the well-known Moscow of the eighties, but evoke something quite different: a wild, anarchic counterculture.
Elisa von Hof, BERLINER MORGENPOST, Germany

* There is hardly another book that so illuminates the connection of tyranny, subversion and autonomy. This is a bright 'ship of fools' that is also a sacred citadel. Kissina parodies herself and at the same tine is deeply serious - like farce and liturgy, comedy and tragedy.
Andreas Breitenstein, NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, Switzerland

* Her unflinching will to see grotesque in the ugly, the supernatural in beauty, and the thread of the absurd running through it all, is a victory over the hardness of reality. That is what art, every art, can do. But it is rarely shown as inspiringly as here.
Katarina Granzin, FRANKFURTER RUNDSHAU, Germany

* A true odyssey through the cold and strange city – James Joyce could not have described it more radically or more closely. Julia Kissina's language is a linguistic firework. It does not bore for a single moment, and despite the often bitter "gutter" story, a defiant humor flourishes throughout.
Barbara Raudszus, EGOTRIP, Germany

FORGET TARANTINO
A collection of short stories

*Kissina uses dusty stereotypes as literary raw material and then gives them a new glow.
NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, Switzerland

* The stories in Julia Kissina's "Forget Tarantino" bubble over with fantasy. Great fun to read!
RADIO GERMANY(DEUTSCHANDRADIO/ KULTUR), Germany

*"Forget Tarantino" is a real breakthrough. Julia Kissina's stories inhabit the realm of the comically absurd, often full of hair-raising connections. As in the case of Elfriede Elinek, Kissina's work has "the power of conviction".
Jean-Christophe Ammann, KUNSTZEITUNG, Germany

THE SMILE OF THE AX
A collection of short stories

*One of the leading themes of Kissina's prose is the interweaving of cruelty and cultural memory hidden underlayers of irony. Julia Kissina is a refined stylist, masterfully building her own and very peculiar narrative.
NEW LITERARY REVIEW MAGAZINE, Moscow

SIMPLE DESIRES
A collection of two short novellas and six stories

*These are the fantastic political conspiracies and intricate murders committed by women and children in the innocent guise of traditional literature. A beautiful young woman turns out to be a lethal political activist, a little girl is a serial killer, a mother with her child blows up a town, and in the Moscow market widows sell the mummies of their husbands killed in the Second World War.
RUSSKI JOURNAL, Moscow

 

 

   
 
   
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