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ALEXANDER SELIN

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Alexander Selin (1960-2014)
Selin was well-known for his satirical stories and plays. He grew up in the town of Volzhsk on the Volga. A graduate from the Moscow Institute of Physics Engineering he worked as a physicist for eight years also writing short plays, which he staged himself with theatre companies in Moscow and St Petersburg. He also wrote film scripts and humorous short stories published in literary journals and recited by comic actors. His novel Videountermenschen is set in the world of television and advertising and, like a crooked mirror, reflects the state of society. It was published in French by L’Aube while his short sties came out in English by Glas (The New Romantic}.
Selin belongs to that rare Chekhovian type of writer who tells a story not straightforwardly but through a series of carefully chosen vivid details. Perhaps Selin has even more in common with Gogol – he demonstrates the same kind of healthy humor and rich imagination. Many of his stories resemble video-clips in form and are just as visual, sparkling with humor, aphoristic comparisons, apt observations, and ready wit.

English sample: Alpatovka,   The Sniper