Conversations on Russian Literature, by David Johnston

Photo: Kyle Ancowitz


Conversations on
Russian Literature

Running time: 60 minutes

Cast: 1m, 1f

A young State Department official and an officer from the former Soviet Union sit on a park bench in Moscow sharing a bottle of vodka late at night.   As their conversation unfolds, a verbal fencing match ensues, cloaked in exchanges on literature, the changing political landscape, their personal lives; and somewhere amidst the chess game of intrigue and diplomacy, a point of convergence must be found.

 “Conversations on Russian Literature Plus Three More Plays” reveals a sensibility that is one part literary, two parts comic book. Mr. Johnston has a critic’s nose for cliché and employs it without a trace of shame or earnestness.

—Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

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