Svetlana Satchkova


Characters of Svetlana Satchkova's novel People and Birds
art by Anna Lukyanova


If we are to speak about literary genealogy, Satchkova is the successor of that Gogolian line where the routine and the grotesque are two communicating vessels; where the familiar flows into the strange, the funny into the scary, and the language, as though against the author's will, turns out to be a conduit to semantic discoveries. — Alexander Stessin, writer

The main thing is that this book is very much about Moscow. Not about the Moscow that God sent us, but about the one we deserve. Here and now. And it's woven out of observations of us in the city, out of stolen glances at taxi drivers, women outside our apartment blocks, security guards, office workers, Tajik street cleaners, schoolchildren, even a queue at the railway station toilet, at almost everyone and everything. — Alexander Chantsev, book critic and writer, about the novel People and Birds