The English philosopher Francis Bacon once said, "randomness leads to great discoveries."
A recent exhibition in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Light in the Darkness of the First World War: The finest creations of the protagonists of Impressionism in Serbia”, joined other events commemorating the centenary of the beginning of the First World War in Europe. Under a symbolic title referring not just to the impressionists’ interest in light and its effects but also to destruction and general horrors of war (light in the darkness), the exhibition focuses on the Serbian art scene of the period and its finest creations.
Vladimir Sorokin is undoubtedly one of the most electrifying figures in contemporary Russian literature. He has been triggering intense emotions and dividing Russian public opinion for nearly four decades. The Sorokin phenomenon, however, is not easy to define or classify. In fact, it is something that seems to be still evolving and full of surprises, which can be quite difficult to digest for the average reader.