Ludmila Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya

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Ludmila Ulitskaya was born in 1943 in the Urals and graduated from Moscow University with a Degree of Master in Biology. She worked in the Institute of Genetics as a scientist. Shortly before Perestroika she became Repertory Director of the Hebrew Theatre of Moscow and began writing scripts. Ulitskaya can be defined as one of the most far-reaching contemporary Russian writers with over two million books sold worldwide. She is an author of fourteen novels, three tales for children and of six plays staged by a number of theatres in Russia and in Germany.

She made her literary debut in the early 1990’s producing collections of short stories that got her noticed both at home and abroad, work that was seen as a continuation of the long-established Russian literary tradition. Her work has been described as unique and unforgettable with themes that tackle life’s big questions. Ulitskaya has received many literary awards, ranging from the Russian Booker prize to the Italian Grinzane Cavour Literary Award. Far from resting on her laurels Ulitskaya’s new novel, Daniel Stein, Interpreter, has been praised as being far from commonplace, breaking new ground and venturing boldly into new literary spaces. (Source: Academia Rossica)