Photograph: Ine Gundersveen
Zinovy Zinik is a Moscow-born bilingual author who has lived in London since 1976. Among his fourteen books of prose, translated into a number of European languages, his novel THE MUSHROOM PICKER was made into a film by BBC television (1993). His recent books include HISTORY THIEVES (Seagull Books, 2011), a collection of essays EMIGRATION AS A LITERARY DEVICE (NLO, 2011) and a collection of his prose in Russian about 1970s Moscow THIRD JERUSALEM (NLO, 2013). His new comic thriller SOUNDS FAMILIAR or THE BEAST OF ARTEK (2016) was recently published by Divus London. He is a regular contributor to the pages of The Times Literary Supplement and other periodicals, as well as to BBC radio. Zinik is also the UK Editor of the satirical magazine Artenol.
SOUNDS FAMILIAR or THE BEAST OF ARTEK: A GOTHIC NOVEL
“We’re talking about a scientific enigma, a monster created out of an orgasmic sound in this boy’s mind... It has been transmogrified into disparate personalities and yet is easily recognisable. The one-eared monster. The beast from Artek."
The narrator sees in Berlin a house he had been dreaming about twenty years ago – and this incident provokes him into questioning his identity...
A book of long short stories about a Russian drinking in London's Soho.
“...you step outside your house to meet other people. By the time you get back you have changed beyond recognition so that everyone inside the house regards you as an alien: it is not your home any longer.”
An eccentric lord gets mixed up with a no less eccentric group of Russian dissidents.
Clea - ex-Troyskyite and militant vegetarian - has returned to London with her Russian husband only to witness a complete change in his personality.