In 1941, Pjotr Iljitsch Nesterenko, director of the Moscow crematorium, was arrested. He, better than anyone, knows just how many have fallen victim to the Stalinist purges. And he knows exactly what awaits him. Now, under interrogation, he has to provide information about his tangled life as an officer in the White Army, as an emigrant in Istanbul and Paris, and as a servant of the Stalinist system. With great virtuosity, Filipenko interweaves historical documents and fiction, to tell a story of absurdity from the heart of a terrorist state.
A cooperation with the Osteuropa-Forum Basel OFB
Contributors and biographies
Reading (Russian): Sasha Filipenko
Moderation: Nadine Reinert
Translation: Maria Chevrekouko
Reading (German): Fabian Dämmich