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Title
Boris Akunin interview, 2003 May 15
Creator
Akunin, B. (Boris)
Contributor
Martinson, Connie
Date Created and/or Issued
2003-05-15
Publication Information
The Drucker Institute
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Connie Martinson Talks Books
Rights Information
All rights are retained by The Drucker Institute. For permission to use this item, contact The Drucker Institute, https://www.drucker.institute/about/drucker-archives/
Description
Boris Akunin discusses his book, “Winter Queen.” He begins by sharing that this novel is the first from the Erast Fandorin series of historical detective novels that will eventually consist of 16 books. Akunin explains that the book’s protagonist, Erast Fandorin, is a young detective in Russia. Akunin decided to make it so that Erast was born exactly one hundred years earlier than himself, so that it would be easier for him to calculate how old he is each year in the 19th century. He also explores how Erast changes and matures into what he calls a “Superhero” over the course of the novels. Akunin compares the young Erast to a setter, clumsy and sniffing the wind for clues and later he also compares him to a cat with nine lives. He goes on to explain his writing process and how he first envisioned the opening scene of the novel and then worked from there. Later in the interview he shares that before he became a novelist he was a philologist, critic, essayist, and a literary translator of Japanese literature.
Type
moving image
Format
video/f4v
00:14:30
Identifier
cmt00388_0002
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/cmt/id/435
Language
English
Subject
Fandorin, Erast (Fictitious character)
Detectives
Time Period
Nineteenth century
Place
Russia
Source
Betacam tape.
Relation
Connie Martinson Talks Books - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/cmt

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