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NINE
of Russia's Foremost Women Writers

Natalya’s Diary.
Nina Gabrielian, The Studio Apartment.
Galina Scherbakova, Masha’s Three Loves.
Maria Arbatova, My Teachers.
Maria Rybakova, A Sting In The Flesh.
Marina Kulakova, Alive Again.
Irina Polianskaya, The Pure Zone.
Svetlana Vasilenko, Shamara.
Julia Latynina, Niyazbek.

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Irina Muravyova, born in Moscow in 1952, has lived in the United States since 1985. She is among today's foremost Russian women writers. Her books have been shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize and the Bunin Prize, and several have been translated into other languages. English translations include The Nomadic Soul (Glas), Day of the Angel (Thames River Press), and her story 'On the Edge', published in Women on the Case, a collection of the best women's writing from around the world (Dell). Day of the Angel was also published in French, Serbian, Slovak, Arabic, and Hungarian.
"Already a recognized talent in Russian literature, Muravyova should garner praise among English-language readers with this brisk and dynamic work." – Publishers Weekly
"… richly suggestive blend of prose and poetry. Here, as elsewhere, Muravyova shows her considerable talent at refashioning staples of the Russian tradition with verve and ingenuity." – The Moscow Times

Nina Gabrielyan born in 1953, an Armenian by birth living in Moscow, writes poetry and prose in beautiful Russian. She is also a painter of considerable merit and a theorist of feminism. English translations of her prose appeared in the anthology Best European Fiction-2014 (Dalkey Archives) and were published in Master of the Grass (Glas).
“Gabrielyan belongs to the literary land inhabited by Hoffmann, Kafka and Gogol… She is a virtuoso analyst of nightmares and children’s dreams. She feels at home in the fragile space between dream and reality, penetrating such depths of consciousness, where neither daylight nor traditional psychology can reach.” – Ludmila Ulitskaya

Galina Scherbakova (1932-2010) was a very prolific and widely published author, she created an impressive collection of characters from all walks of life, old and young, rich and poor, but the unifying theme is always an irresistible love which compels a person to move everything else to the background.
Scherbakova has some 30 books to her credit and numerous stories published in periodicals. Her stories have been published in Germany, China, Hungary, Bulgaria and Finland. All of her books are constantly reprinted to this day and have lost nothing of their relevance. Most of her stories have been adapted for films.

Maria Arbatova born in 1957, is a dramatist, novelist, essayist, a famous public figure and a leading activist in the feminist movement in Russia. Arbatova is the founder and president of the feminist club "Women Intervene in Politics". She has some 30 widely read books to her credit and 15 widely staged plays. Critics called her "Erica Jong of Russian literature" – The Moscow Times
Her best-selling books include: My Name is Woman (published in France), A Visit from a Middle-aged Lady, Mobile Affairs, Reading Plays, Farewell to the 20th Century, is a revised and supplemented version of her autobiographical novel I'm Forty (excerpt published in Glas 13, A Will and a Way).

Maria Rybakova, born in 1973 in Moscow, comes from a famous literary family from whom she inherited her literary talent. A graduate of Moscow University she has a Ph.D. from Yale University and is currently teaching Classics at the University of San Diego. She has six books to her name which won her several literary awards including the “Eureka” Prize, “The Globe”, the Dovlatov Prize, and NOS. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages.
“Rybakova’s prose is transparent and ethereal, reminiscent of watercolor landscapes; she creates subtle psychological portraits of today’s confused minds.” – .Ex Libris

Marina KULAKOVA, born in 1962, is mainly known as a poet and critic. She lives in Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga where she teaches at the local university and edits the philological journal ORBI. She has several collections of poetry to her name and numerous publications in leading literary journals. Recently she started writing prose, which won her immediate critical acclaim.

Irina Polianskaya (1952-2004) was born in the Urals in a special Stalinist prison camp for scientists developing chemical weapons, where her parents had been imprisoned. She studied in a drama school and later also graduated from the Literary Institute. She has six prize-winning books to her credit. Her novel Passing Shadow was shortlisted for the Russian Booker. It is about psychological and social blindness causing human tragedies and fatal misunderstandings. Her other awards include the German Prize Lege Artis, and the Kazakov Prize.

Svetlana Vasilenko was born in 1956 in a little cantonment, Kapustin Yar on the Volga. The cantonment is attached to a cosmodrome built in 1946. This settlement provided the setting for most of her stories. Her characters are invariably connected one way or another with this town polluted by radiation and surrounded by labour camps. Vasilenko’s works have been translated into English, French, Czech, Polish, and German. Svetlana Vasilenko is the President of the Russian Writers Union and is active in the women's movement. She says: "The woman appears as a tragic figure in the modern-day world bearing the brunt of the world's pain and problems. This is why I write about women."

Julia Latynina, born in 1966 in Moscow, has a Ph.D. in Philology. In the mid-1990s she became a self-trained economic and political analyst and quickly made a name with her insightful essays. She enjoys nationwide popularity both as a journalist and a prolific author of “economic crime thrillers”. However Julia stands out for the profound knowledge of her material. She views her investigative journalism as “drafts for her future novels and an effective means of gathering inside information on the mechanisms behind the economy and power.”
“The extract from Julia Latynina's novel Niyazbek, about a Caucasus warlord, is the most entertaining writing I've read for years: a marvel of murderous storytelling, by turns chilling and hilarious.” – Tibor Fischer in the Guardian