All but invisible in his home country, Sergei Dovlatov became something of a mythical figure among the Russian diaspora of New York. Indeed, Vladimir Yermakov compares the conundrum of Dovlatov’s life as writer to the two hands simultaneously drawing one another in Escher’s mysterious drawing.
is a poet and cultural critic. He lives and works in Oryol, the town of Turgenev, Leskov, Andreyev and Bunin. In 2011 he was awarded the Maxim Gorky literature prize for his essays. His poetry has strongly been influenced by that of Joseph Brodsky. In his essays, Jermakov focuses on Russian history and culture, particularly literature, seeking its roots in the past shared by Russia with Western culture.