Dmitry Bykov is one of Russia’s most colorful, versatile, and recognizable public intellectuals. He writes poetry, fiction, biographies and criticism, and is a co-founder of the Citizen Poet project. His biography of Boris Pasternak won Russia’s 2006 National Bestseller and Big Book awards; he won the National Bestseller again in 2011 for Ostromov, or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
About the Writers
Referred to by Newsweek as “Russia’s Young Hemingway,” Prilepin is a veteran of the war in Chechenya, on which his 2005 novel, Pathologies, is based. Photo credit: Igor Ishankov.
Born in Armenia when it was part of the Soviet Union, Mariam Petrosyan started writing her only novel, The House, In Which… as a teenager.
Described as “the Tarantino of Russian literature,” Sorokin’s books were banned during the Soviet era. One of Russia’s best-known contemporary writers, Sorokin received the People’s Booker Prize in 2001 for Sbornik Rasskazov (Collected Stories).
Starobinets’s short stories and novels defy the traditional horror genre by crossing over into fantasy, mysticism, and futuristic dystopia. Her short story collection, An Awkward Age, was a finalist for the Russian National Bestseller Prize in 2006 and has been translated into seven languages.
Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of Russia’s most popular and celebrated writers. Her first novella, Sonechka, was published in the literary journal Novyi mir in 1992 and nominated for the 1993 Russian Booker Prize.
Host Stephen Fry is an actor, author, and activist. His film credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Jeeves and Wooster, and The Hobbit. He currently stars in the new Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.