Terry Pratchett in Russia
This paper provides an overview of the key aspects of Terry Pratchett’s reception in Russia, the stages of his entry into Russian culture as well as an analysis of the responses to his work of the mass reader and professional reader. Although Russian researchers have examined different aspects of Terry Pratchett’s work, to the best of knowledge, this is the first study to explore the writer’s reception in the Russian-speaking cultural field. Pratchett’s reception started later in comparison with other authors of fantasy but developed rapidly and went through three main
stages in its development. The mid-90s of the last century – when Russian editions of Pratchett’s novels commenced to be published. 2004 – 2017 when critical responses and reviews started to appear, Pratchett’s fan communities and fanfiction based on his writings emerged, and first studies in academic journals. 2018 – until today when Pratchett’s biographies were released, publication of his major novels in Russian was completed, reprints and new translations of previously published books began. The result of the research allows the authors of the article to say with confi-
dence that Pratchett’s popularity in Russia has not reached its peak yet.