Alisa Ganieva

Alisa Ganieva

Alisa Ganieva was born in 1985 in Moscow but soon after that her family moved to their native Dagestan. Later Ganieva returned to Moscow to enter the Literary Institute and since then has won numerous awards for her prose and a prize for her literary criticism. She is a laureate of the weekly ‘Literary Russia’ being nominated as ‘the most interesting debut’ (2005); holder of Voloshin Literary Award (2007, 2009); the Gorky Prize in the critical category “Untimely Thoughts” (2008), and the literary journal ‘October’ Prize for literary criticism (2009).

In 2008 and 2009 Ganieva was long listed for the Debut award for a selections of essays, but it was not until 2009 that she won the Prize for her controversial novel Salaam, Dalgat!


March 5, 2012
Alisa Ganieva and The Chronicles of Dagestan
By Xenia Grubstein 

Winner of the prestigious Russian literary Debut Prize award of 2009, Alisa Ganieva, 26, writes about Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus and its vanishing people – the Avars, Laks, Kumyks and others. Her controversial novel, “Salam, Dalgat,” which she wrote under a mysterious pen name, was a sensation in Russia. Read more