Join us for a talk from one of the world’s most widely read writers of detective stories and discover how a childhood fascination with an attempted coup in Japan became a leading source of inspiration.
Boris Akunin, nom de plume of Grigory Chkhartishvili, was born in post-Stalinist Georgia in 1956 and moved to Moscow as a small boy. He began his professional career as a philologist and translator, developing a fascination with Japanese language and culture. At the age of 40 he started writing detective novels and has since written over 50 books, selling millions of copies in Russia and abroad, some of which have been made into TV shows and films.
Boris will discuss his life and influences with Boyd Tonkin, Senior Writer at The Independent and jury chair of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Join the two to find out what it means to be ‘from Georgia’ and what 19th-century Tsarist Russia (the setting of his bestselling Inspector Fandorin mysteries) might tell us about today.
A drinks reception will follow featuring complimentary Georgian wine.
Watch an interview of Boris Akunin here.
This is the first in our series on Georgia as part of Where Europe Meets Asia: Georgia25. Georgia25 is a cultural feast – a week of talks and films between 11 and 17 April, presented by the Georgian National Book Center, Tbilisi, in association with Maya Jaggi, Artistic Director. Partners include Asia House; Europe House; Life Through Cinema and Regent Street Cinema. With support from the Embassy of Georgia in the UK. The series has been timed to mark 25 years since Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union on 9 April 1991. Read the programme here: Georgia25