Born in 1969 in Perm Vinokurov graduated from the Teacher-training Institute in Moscow, majoring in Philology, and worked as a script writer for television where he was called “a fun-producing factory”. His early publications date back to the late 1990s: the novel About Poor Dwarf, Where We Are Not; the children’s books: The Country of Three Lands. Merlin’s Successor; and Denunciation of the Black Dog. Later his sparkling humor became infested with elements of horror while ordinary events revealed their metaphysical underside. Mystical elements are never straightforward in Vinokurov’s work. He resorts to Hoffmanesque double-worldliness when one and the same event is simultaneously presented in fantastic terms as well as appearing as perfectly realistic. His later novels look at the world as a metaphor and have been influenced by ancient Chinese culture which he has been studying in depth for many years.
Distinctions: First prize in the drama competition “Honor, Duty, Dignity” for the play “The Guardian”. Finalists in the competition “Russian Story” for the film script “The Four”. The novel Yankee in Russia was nominated for the National Bestseller Prize. Winner of the national competition “Best Book of 2012” for the children’s book Denunciation of the Black Dog.
In January 2017 Vinokurov has been awarded the prestigios prize of the Znamya magazine for his novel People of the Black Dragon published in 2016.
The latest novels:
The Guardian Angel, a novel.
The novel is closely associated with the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict and the oppositionist movement in Russia. The author looks at the metaphysical volte-face of events representing the eternal fight between the forces of Darkness and Light. Apart from real people, some of them well-known public figures, the characters include the so-called guardian angels, that is, low-ranking angels living among people in human guises. The guardian angels look after people and society as a whole to prevent violations of the ages-old agreement between Heaven and Hell to keep a balance between good and evil. Having to exist as ordinary earthlings the guardian angels are limited in their rights and authorities compared with their opponents.
People of the Black Dragon, a novel.
Black Dragon is the Chinese name of the River Amur marking the border between the Russia and China. In the early 20th century the Russian side of the border was settled by Russians, Chinese and Jews. Their explosive coexistence created conditions for most amazing and extraordinary events which would hardly be possible anywhere else on earth. The novel embraces the 100-years history of this multinational settlement on the Amur.
Russians came to these parts in the mid-17th century following the conquest of the Cossack detachment led by Vassily Poyarkov. The local tribes fought fiercely but when they saw the besieged Cossacks devouring corpses they fled in terror leaving their lands to the Russians.
After the 1917 revolution some Chinese came here and founded their first settlement. Ten years later the Soviet government compelled the Jews to settle the vacant lands along the Amur. And finally the local Siberian women rose against the cruelty of their men and founded their own village nearby. They did all the men’s work themselves and no men were allowed in the village except on special occasions intended for mating.
The Dark Summits, a novel
This multi-layered and densely populated novel is about a transformation of a normal person into a cruel tyrant, also examining the nature of dictatorship as such. The stormy events unfolding in the book allow the author to show us the seamy sides of Russian authorities, corrupted business, the criminal world, and their treatment of the gullible populace creating situations of social injustice.