BORIS AKUNIN: "Boris Akunin is first and foremost a project related
to the status of mass culture."
EVGENY GRISHKOVETS: "I insist that what I write is literature based not on observation, but on emotional experience."
EDUARD LIMONOV: "These are reports from a hot spot - my life."
YURI MAMLEEV: "Describing evil does not mean being immersed in it.
Instead, you are cleansed of it."
VICTOR PELEVIN: "Reality is any hallucination you believe in one hundred percent."
LUDMILA PETRUSHEVSKAYA: "Soviet literature made me into a fiery, principled and implacable enemy of this literature and this order."
NINA SADUR: "I haven't yet fulfilled myself. I haven't realized all the talent God has granted me. And I must do so, otherwise I'll simply explode"
MIKHAIL SHISHKIN: "I try to make each work a total text that absorbs all previous culture and literature."
VLADIMIR SOROKIN: "We have cosmic goals, not just comfort and reproduction. We are not meat machines."
TATYANA TOLSTAYA: "The intellectual is someone who is aware of things whereas the people are those who are not aware of anything."
LUDMILA ULITSKAYA: "By training I'm a geneticist. In a certain sense I haven't changed professions but merely research methods and tools."
The book's general editor is Professor Anna Ljunggren from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stockholm University in collaboration with Nikolai Bogomolov and Oleg Lekmanov of the Department of Journalism at Moscow State University. The interviewer, Kristina Rotkirch, is a noted journalist, critic, and Finnish-Swedish translator of Russian literature.