Ilya Vinitsky's book Count of Sardinia: Dmitrii Khvostov and Russian Culture (Moscow: NLO, 2017) received a 2018 Marc Raeff's Book Prize of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association. The prize is awarded "for a publication that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for understanding Imperial Russia during the long eighteenth-century." The Committee's annotation says: "Vinitsky's wonderfully playful enconium to Khvostov struck the prize committee as a uniquely original, humane, and daring piece of scholarship in every respect—conceptually, methodologically, stylistically. It tells an important story about a seemingly marginal (or "third-rate") figure in Russian literary history, and does so in a way that is both focused and extraordinarily resonant. It also encourages our sometimes fusty field to loosen up a bit."
Dec. 10, 2018