Olga Slavnikova

Olga Slavnikova



Olga Slavnikova graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Ekaterinburg State University in 1981 and began publishing fiction in the late 1980s during which time she was also fiction editor, then managing editor, of the literary magazine Ural. Slavnikova has lived and worked in Moscow since 2001.

From the 1990s onwards Slavnikova has produced many acclaimed novels including Dragonfly the Size of a Dog, Alone in the Mirror and Immortal. She has received the Apollon Grigoriev Prize, the Polonsky Prize, the Bazhov Prize and, in 2007, for her novel 2017, the Russian Booker Prize.

Published in 2006, 2017 has been widely praised. Its anti-utopian set-up allows Slavnikova to dip into the near future in order to survey the century which has passed since 1917. A beguiling mix of romance and realism, 2017 is enriched with the folklore of the Urals, the drama of mountaineering expeditions and the gruesome practices of the gemstone industry.

Slavnikova also writes prolifically about contemporary literature and is coordinating the Debut Independent Literary Prize for young authors writing in Russian: each year the prize receives anything up to 50,000 entries. (Source: Academia Rossica)


November 12, 2012
By Elizabeth Kiem 

Elizabeth Kiem talks to Olga Slavnikova about her novel Light Head, forthcoming in English in 2013 [Maxim T. Yermakov being its main character], Russian contempory literature and Debut Literary Prize.