Russian journalist ’s stay in Philippines inspires novel
Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The six-year stay in the Philippines of a Russian journalist and retired diplomatic worker inspired a novel that he wrote with characters and setting here.

The Philippine embassy in Moscow recently held a book presentation for Boris Kalashnikov, author of “The Black Island,” based on his stay in the Philippines from 2004 to 2010.

Kalashnikov’s action thriller was published in Russian by EXMO, one of Russia’s largest publishing companies.

During the presentation, a brief section of the novel translated into English was read, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta welcomed Kalashnikov to the embassy.

“I strongly believe that literature and pop culture can bring Russians and Filipinos closer. These play an important role in people’s perception. For instance, until very recently, Filipinos’ perception of Russia was heavily and almost solely influenced by Hollywood films,” Sorreta said.

Sorreta expressed hope that Kalashnikov and other Russian writers would consider having their literary works published in English for Filipino readers.

At the conclusion of the program, the ambassador presented Kalashnikov with a certificate of appreciation for his promotion of the Philippines through his book.

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