SEE SIBERIAN EDUCATION
Tuesday, June 4th at 6:15pm:
NYU’s Casa Italiana will be screening Gabriele Salvatores’s Siberian Education, based on the book by Nicolai Lilin. Part of the WORDS ON SCREEN series, the film will be followed by a Q&A with Lilin, Gina Gardini (the film’s producer) and moderated by Antonio Monda of NYU.
Lilin’s Siberian Education was called “marvelous and illuminating” by Irvine Welsh, and the paperback of Lilin’s novel Sniper is out next month.
FIRST LINES FROM NEW BOOKS OUT TODAY: MAY 29, 2012
"On the last Tuesday in September 1976 my boss at the microbiology lab was alerted that a special package was on its way to us from Zaire. It was flying in from Kinshasa: samples of blood from an unusual epidemic that seemed to be stirring in the distant Equateur region, along the river Congo."
No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot
"When I turned eighteen, I already had a past behind me. But the world had one too, and it was decidedly more complex than mine. My country was turning into a realm of the absurd. Capitalism, so longed for, never came. The mentality of the crook reigned, the mentality of people out for easy money who wanted to look smarter than God himself. Or, as my grandfather would say, ‘Everyone wanted to take God’s beard and try it on for size.’"
Sniper: A Novel by Nicolai Lilin
"I know it shouldn’t be done, but I’m tempted to start from the end.
For example, the day we ran through the rooms of a ruined building, firing at the enemy from such close range we could almost touch them with our hands.”
Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld by Nicolai Lilin
"Jim Thompson: ‘I don’t really know how far they would have gone, whether they would have killed me or not. I don’t really know. But from the 21st of July 1964, my most recent escape attempt, until the 18th of August that year, I knew one of two things was going to happen. I would either go insane or I would die. Either my mind or my body was going to crack.’"
Glory Denied: The Vietnam Saga of Jim Thompson, America’s Longest-Held Prisoner of War by Tom Philpott