Dina Rubina

Dina Rubina


  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Windows


Dina Rubina is one of the most widely-read Russian authors alive today. She was born in 1953, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she later studied music at the Tashkent Conservatory. At sixteen her first short story appeared in the journal Yunost’, which continued to publish her work until the end of the Soviet Union. Life in the colourful environment of Tashkent was not always easy: Rubina had to turn to writing for stage and screen and finally moved to Moscow in the mid-1980s. Rubina's life and adventures since 1990, including her emigration to Israel and her brief return to Russia as a cultural liaison, are reflected in her literary output from that period.

Her most recent novel, On the Sunny Side of the Street, won Russia's Radio Booker Literary Award (2007), the Big Book Literary Prize Bronze Award (2007) and was shortlisted for the Russian Booker (2006). Her latest novels are Leonardo's Handwriting (2008), The White Dove of Cordoba (2009) and The Petrushka Syndrome (2010). Her work has won awards in Uzbekistan, Israel, and France, and has been translated into 20 languages. Her 1996 novel Here Comes the Messiah! is available in English translation, as are several of her shorter pieces.