Russian author Basinsky wins Big Book Prize

Russian author Pavel Basinsky grabbed the prestigious Big Book National Literary Prize for his novel about Leo Tolstoy on Wednesday, with Alexander Ilichevsky and Viktor Pelevin coming on Basinsky’s heels. Attending the event were 14 prominent writers from all across Russia. The Big Book prize money amounts to 5,5 million rubles, or 175.000 dollars, organizers said.

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