Boris Korkmazov, ICORN Guest Writer in Brussels, has this spring visited universities to meet with students of Russian translation. Yesterday the Russian author held a seminar at the Hogeschool Gent to a number of students keen to hear his stories about Russian language and culture.
The novelist and short-story writer has previously visited the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels, and the Artesis Hogeschool in Antwerp.
Korkmazov is from the Karachay–Cherkess Republic. His open criticism of Russian policies led to attacks and threats, and he has been an ICORN Guest Writer in Brussels City of Refuge since 2011. In addition to translation and language, he has also been telling students about the situation in the North Caucasus region, looking at the reasons why people like him cannot stay if they want to continue writing.
– Each visit went well. There are not many students who study Russian, but they are all very happy to listen to the stories of Boris. He is a born storyteller, said Nathalie Goethals of Passa Porta, Brussels international house of literature.
French Belgian TV channel RTBF recently made a report on Korkmazov and ICORN’s work in Brussels. Watch it here.
Image shows Korkmazov at the Artesis Hogeschool in Antwerp.