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Dmitry Bykov

Dmitry Bykov in Ithaca, March 2022. Photo: Jon Miller

Visiting Critic

Russian dissident Dmitry Bykov is an Open Society University Network fellow and visiting critic based in the Einaudi Center’s Institute for European Studies (IES). One of Russia’s best-known public intellectuals, he is a novelist, poet, critic, satirist, and university professor.

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Bykov book cover Living Souls

Bykov has authored more than 80 books, including novels, poetry, biographies, and literary criticism. He is a three-time winner of the Bolshaya Kniga (Big Book) award, one of Russia’s most prestigious literary prizes. A popular lecturer and public speaker, he has also served as the host of numerous television and radio programs.

Bykov's book Living Souls (ЖД) was a finalist for the 2007 Bolshaya Kniga and national bestseller awards. Read a review.

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  • Faculty
  • IES Visiting Scholar