Winner of the literary residency From one language to another 2012 in Marseille.
Dimitri Bortnikov is a Russian writer born in 1968 in Samara. He started working as a carer at the age of 14. He then began studying letters and enlisted in the army with which he left for the North Pole for two years. After his military service, he went on to become a cook, dance teacher, legionnaire and school librarian. He arrived in France in 2000 and began writing. Today, he lives in Paris.
Dimitri Bortnikov’s writing is a disconcerting experience and a dark lyricism. He appropriates the language with strangeness and a jerky rhythm that gives the impression of a permanent state of emergency. The French, he crushes, opens, dissects and dismembers to meet the rules of contemporary art unknown to us. His playground is the human condition, the fight for life. He plays with despair, derision, violence, humour, cruelty and humanity. And on each of its characters weighs a ghost from the past.
Dimitri Bortnikov received the Russian Booker Prize and the National Bestseller Award in 2002 for his first novel, Fritz syndrome. But it was not translated into French until eight years later, unlike Furioso, which was the first of his novels to be written in our language. The writer conducted a literary residency in Marseille in 2012.
Bibliography (in French)
The Threshold, 2005
Musica Falsa, 2008
Black on White, 2010
I am peace in war
- Sheet produced by Charlotte Ferrari, intern at the DRAC PACA with the advisor for books and reading as part of a license of Public Management at the IMPGT, Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance, Aix-Marseille University.