About Aleksandr Skorobogatov

Aleksandr Skorobogatov is considered one of the most original Russian writers of the post-communist era. He studied drama and film at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts (Minsk, Belarus), divinities at St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Paris, France), and is a graduate of the Gorky Literature Institute (Moscow, Russia). He has worked as a circus worker, night security guard, street sweeper, translator, copywriter, journalist for Russian national radio and later as a correspondent in Benelux for Radio Liberty. Skorobogatov is the author of short stories, essays, a play, and eight novels, including COCAINE, PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN GIRL, EARTH WITHOUT WATER and SERGEANT BERTRAND (VERA in some translations), which have been published to great acclaim in Russian, Dutch, French, Italian and Greek. In 2012, Skorobogatov became only the third Russian author to win the prestigious International Literary Award ‘Città di Penne – Mosca’ (Italy). He also received the ‘Best Novel of the Year’ Award by Yunost (Russia, 1991) and the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano (Italy, 2012). In the early 1990s, Skorobogatov moved to Belgium, where he still lives and works today.