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Fifth Wave: an evening of independent Russian literature


Wednesday November 1, 2023


20.00 - 22.30




Festivaltent The Hideout

Crossing Border presents a special evening dedicated to Fifth Wave, the recently founded platform for independent Russian literature.

Fifth Wave is a magazine set up by Russian writers in exile to provide a space for independent Russian writing following the invasion of Ukraine, which led to further censorship and suppression of freedom of expression in Russia.

Fifth Wave’s editor-in-chief Maxim Osipov, one of Russia’s foremost short story writers and playwrights, will be joined at Crossing Border by Russian poet Irina Mashinski, orthodox priest Andrey Kordochkin, Russian literature scholar Otto Boele, and composer Vasiliy Antipov to discuss the importance of keeping culture alive in the most oppressive circumstances.

Van Oorschot Publishers in the Netherlands launched the first edition of Fifth Wave in June, and the magazine will be published four times a year in a Russian edition, a selection of which will be published twice a year in English.

All contributions (prose, poetry and essays) will be by literary authors from Russia and abroad who are united in their rejection of war and totalitarianism, and the magazine aims to keep readers informed about independent Russian literature and Russian writers in exile.


Eva Hartog

English spoken

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Maxim Osipov

Moscow-born Maxim Osipov is a writer and cardiologist whose novels dissecting the reality of Russian life have invited comparisons with Chek...

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Irina Mashinski

Irina Mashinski is a Russian-American poet and essayist with an intriguing background. She graduated from Moscow University with a PhD in Pa...

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Andrey Kordochkin

Andrey Kordochkin is a Russian Orthodox priest who was appointed to serve the orthodox community in Madrid in 2004, two years after completi...

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Vasiliy Antipov

Vasily Antipov is a composer, guitarist, lutenist, and music theorist from Moscow. He had an early introduction to classical music from his ...

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Otto Boele

Otto Boele teaches Russian literature and film at the University of Leiden. He regularly publishes in scholarly journals such as Russian Lit...