Buy both of Booker laureate Peter Aleshkovsky's novels published by Russian Life Books and save! Includes both the Booker-nominated Fish and Stargorod, the novel which first brought Aleshkovsky to national fame.
Peter Aleshkovsky's writing is vivid and descriptive. His rich, character-driven stories are allegorical and representative of their time and place. Peter Aleshkovsky was born in 1957 and graduated some two decades later from Moscow State University. He worked for several years as an archaeologist in Central Asia and as a historical preservationist in the Russian North before turning full-time to literature in the mid-1990s.
He attained literary success with his collection of stories Stargorod, followed by his novels Seagull, Skunk: A Life (translated into English by Glas), Vladimir Chigrintsev and, most recently, The Institute of Dreams (part two of the English language Stargorod volume).
Aleshkovsky's style is decidedly in the realistic tradition, but that does not stop him from investigating the mystical and miraculous in everyday life. His works are richly descriptive and evocative of the uniquely Russian worldview, while at the same time tapping into universal human emotions and experiences. He has three times been short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize, including for his novel Fish. In 2016 he was awarded the Russian Booker prize for his novel Krepost (The Fortress).
Translator Nina Shevchuk-Murray was born and raised in the western Ukrainian city of L'viv, and holds degrees in English linguistics and Creative Writing. She translates both poetry and prose from the Russian and Ukrainian languages. Her translations and original poetry have been published in a number of literary magazines, including Chtenia. With Ladette Randolph, she co-edited the anthology of Nebraska non-fiction, The Big Empty (University of Nebraska Press, 2007). Her translation of Oksana Zabuzhko's The Museum of Abandoned Secrets was published in 2012.