Russian literature in the 21st century

Igor Shaitanov, Literary Secretary, Russian Booker Prize Committee

1947 - Born in Vologda
1970 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1988 - Receives PhD, Moscow Pedagogical Institute
1989 - Professor of comparative literature, department of history and philology, Russian State University for Humanities
1998 - Literary secretary, Russian Booker Prize committee
2002 - President, Russian Booker Prize foundation
2002 - Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Voprosy Literatury journal

On December 3 the Russian Booker prize was awarded for the best novel of 2008. The prize was awarded to Mikhail Elizarov for his novel The Librarian. Critics say there was nothing outstanding, or even worth reading among the nominees. Or was there? The literary secretary of the Russian Booker Committe, Igor Shaitanov, is the guest in our studio to talk about it.