Mikhail Shishkin

Mikhail Shishkin is one of the most prominent names in contemporary Russian literature. The author of two widely acclaimed novels, Shishkin is admired as a refined stylist whose fiction engages Russian and European literary traditions and forges an equally expansive vision for the future of literature. Born in Moscow in 1961, Shishkin has worked as a teacher and journalist. His novels have earned him the three most prestigious Russian literary awards: the Russian Booker Prize in 2000, the National Bestseller Prize in 2005, and the Bolshaya Kniga (Big Book) Prize in 2006. His works have been translated into eleven languages.

  •    March 2013
    Marian Schwartz, tr. Rochester, New York. Open Letter. 2012. ISBN 9781934824368  Mikhail Shishkin has been publishing in Russia to acclaim and accolades for almost twenty years. His work is allusive, dense, and strikingly beautiful. He’s a challenge for any translator and a pleasure for the Russian reader. And now, Marian Schwartz’s translation of his novel Venerin volos (2006) finally b...
  • Nov. 2009 WLT Writer Mikhail Shishkin won Russia’s 2005 National Bestseller Prize and the 2006 Big Book Prize for his novel Maidenhair, whose narrator works in an immigration off ice in Switzerland interpreting the interviews of asylum seekers from war-torn former Soviet republics. In the following excerpt, the interpreter and his wife have gone to Massa Lu...