When fiction becomes reality – about the psychology of war

When fiction becomes reality - about the psychology of war

In the Radio Correspondents Russia, the guests analyze the war in Ukraine on the basis of their respective works of art. We talk about the parallels between reality and the TV series “Servant of the People” in which the current President of Ukraine Zelensky plays the lead role. Also hear about the drama film “Kiborgi” in English: “Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die” which is about the battles at the airport in Donetsk between Russian-backed forces and the Ukrainian military. In addition, about how Vladimir Sorokin’s novel “In the Service of Holy Russia” predicts developments in Putin’s Russia. Also about the controversies surrounding a ballet performance about the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev at the traditional Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. What can culture teach us about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine?

Some reading tips if you can not bear all the thick books about Putin:

  • “The White Guard” by Mikhail Bulgakov

  • “Hadji Murat” by Lev Tolstoy

  • “At the brink of oblivion” by Sergei Lebedev

  • “Time Second hand” by Svetlana Alexievitch

Participants: Maria Persson LöfgrenRussia correspondent, Fredrik Wadström former Russian correspondent, Carolina Vendil PallinThe Swedish Defense Research Agency FOI, Stefan IngvarssonCenter for Eastern European Studies

Host: Jesper Lindau

Producer: Katja Magnusson

Technician: Stina Fagerberg


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