Fear Everywhere

Writer: Sergej Lebedew

The text was written on the headline theme of the European Literature Days 2017.

Why is the gulf between East and West becoming wider again? What does this have to do with the aggressive macho culture that is now dominating world events?
„The temptation of fear and cowardice was a cornerstone of Soviet culture; overcoming fear and with it everything that was petty, personal, quotidian, was considered a rebirth, the acquisition of true communist consciousness.“

 

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Sergej Lebedew

b. 1981, is a Russian writer. Lebedew’s newspaper as a contributing journalist was banned during the Ukrainian conflict. His novel Menschen im August/People in August was rejected by Russian publishers for a long time. The German edition was the world premiere; it became a bestseller in the US and was then published in 2016 in Russia. 
“In Russia, he was fighting a losing battle as an investigative journalist, so he became a writer. In his books, he follows up his country’s recent history as though he were a poisonous snake.”
Per Leo, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

b. 1981, is a Russian writer. Lebedew’s newspaper as a contributing journalist was banned during the Ukrainian conflict. His novel Menschen im August/People in August was rejected by Russian publishers for a long time. The German edition was the world premiere; it became a bestseller in the US and was then published in 2016 in Russia.
“In Russia, he was fighting a losing battle as an investigative journalist, so he became a writer. In his books, he follows up his country’s recent history as though he were a poisonous snake.”
Per Leo, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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