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Root and Branch

Sana Valiulina

Translated by Polly Gannon

‘I am my father’s daughter, a former prisoner of war and “suspicious person” who spent ten years in the Gulag.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.

Sana Valiulina

Sana Valiulina is an essayist and the author of four novels. Born in Tallinn, in Soviet Estonia, she studied Norwegian at Moscow State University before moving to Amsterdam in 1989. She received the Jan Hanlo Essay Price in 2017. Her latest novel, Not Afraid of Bluebeard, was published in Russia in 2017. She writes in Dutch and Russian.  

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Translated by Polly Gannon

Polly Gannon holds a PhD in Russian Literature from Cornell University and is past Director of Cultural Studies at the New York-St Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture.

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