Writing the Urals: Permanence and Ephemerality in Ol'ga Slavnikova’s 2017
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Ol'ga Slavnikova’s novel 2017 (Vagrius, 2006) made her the second woman to win Russia’s coveted Booker Prize, garnering conflicting critical responses in the process. Many hurried to label the narrative a dystopia: 2017’s last hundred pages depict the centenary of the November ‘revolution’, chronicling how crowds commemorate the event by dressing up as Reds or Whites and slaughtering their enemies (Chantsev 287; Eliseeva 14). Other critics, and Slavnikova herself, see dystopia as only one strand in the work (Slavnikova ‘Mne ne terpitsia’, 18; Basinskii 13).