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Selected Proceedings, European Studies Conference 2005 (pub. August 2006). Online at


Viktoria Tokareva, a well-known screenwriter, is also a famous contemporary short story writer in Russia. She began writing short stories and screenplays in the late 1960s and she has distinguished herself as a writer not only in Russia, but also worldwide. Her films have won awards, and her stories have been widely read and translated. She wrote before the break-up of the Soviet Union, when there was tight censorship and after “glasnost”, when the writers began to enjoy greater freedom. The country’s social and political turmoil is set as a vivid background to Tokareva’s portrayal of human beings and their basic need for love and relationship.