Author, Jennifer Ciotta spoke about her controversial new novel, I, Putin, at Bernard's restaurant in Ridgefield, CT this past Thursday. We were excited to meet with her, and get to know a little more about her fascinating portrayal of Vladimir Putin.
Recently, we were lucky enough to chat with Jennifer, and it was great to share our thoughts about it and hear yours! We are excited to learn a little bit more about the story behind her story. So, without further ado... take it away, Jennifer!
What was the inspiration for I, Putin?
Vladimir Putin himself was the inspiration for the book. I had served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet republic of Estonia from 2000 to 2002. In August 2000 the Kursk tragedy occurred. The Russian submarine, the Kursk, exploded with 118 sailors on board. Putin did not react for four and a half days to this crisis, thus sending the Russian people and media into a fury. Even the Estonians, who think of the Russians as “occupiers,” were moved by the dying sailors. This is when I said to myself, “Who is Vladimir Putin and what makes him tick?” Putin’s non-reaction to the Kursk crisis sparked my 12-year journey of researching, writing and editing this novel.
How long did it take you to write I, Putin?
12 years overall. The first seven years I researched informally, and then I spent two years at the Gallatin School at New York University, in the master’s program. My first year at NYU, I formally researched, and the second year, I started to write the book. I completed a master’s degree in Russian studies and creative writing. Then I spent another three and a half years writing and then editing the novel. Read more...
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Winner of Honorable Mentions at the New York Book Festival & Hollywood Book Festival, 2012!
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