Karine Arutyunova on her paintings: “Don’t look for a bird in the picture. It’s not there. My paintings are about that moment (which is always difficult to catch and even more so to capture), when the bird itself is no longer visible, but there is a feeling that it has just been there. We hear the chirp, the flicker of fiery feathers. Same thing with happiness. No matter how much you squeeze your fingers, all we possess undividedly (and forever) is the memory of it. It’s as if a bird has touched us with its wing.”
Karine Arutyunova is an artist, author, and illustrator.
She is the author of Ashes of a Red Cow, Say Red, A Bird Flying Light, Bonnar’s Light, Narekatsi from Lilith, My Friend Benjamin, and other books. She has won many prizes – Andrei Bely Prize (St. Petersburg), Vladimir Korolenko Prize (Kiev), Ernest Hemingway Prize (Canada) and Mark Aldanov Prize (New York). Born in Kiev, she emigrated to Israel in the early nineties, where she lived until 2009. Currently, she lives and works in Kiev.
Evgeny Pinelis, an intensive care physician in a New York City hospital, was born in Moscow to a family of doctors, graduated from medical school, and works in the United States. “Vsyo Nichevo” (literal translation: “All Nothing” or “Everything’s Okay”) is his debut book.
A novel by Ali Bader, an award-winning Iraqi novelist, essayist, poet, scriptwriter, and journalist who has written ten novels that won 5 Arabic literary awards, several works of non-fiction and two poetry collections. Author of the novel <em>Papa Sartre</em> (AUC Press, 2009). Ali Bader, who had covered the Middle East as a war correspondent, lives in Belgium.