Anna Starobinets is one of a handful of Russian authors who writes in the genre of 'intellectual fantasy'.
She was born in Moscow in 1978 and graduated in philology at Moscow State University. As a student she worked part time in several different fields, from simultaneous translation and private tutoring, to billposting and waitressing. After her finishing her degree she started work in journalism. She has worked with the leading Russian newspapers, including Gazeta.ru, Argumenty i Fakty, Expert and Russky reporter, as a reviewer, reporter as well as the culture section editor.
In 2005 Starobinets published her debut collection of mystical short stories Awkward Age and from then on she has been called by critics 'the queen of Russian horror'. This was followed by her first fantasy novel Asylum a year later. Starobinets has written several more collections of short stories, as well as a novella for children, The Land of Good Girls. Her latest novel First Squad: The Truth is based on the Russo-Japanese feature length animation of the same name.
Her anti-utopian fantasy novel The One Who Lives has just come out in Russia, published by AST.
Живущий / The One Who Lives (2011)
Первый отряд: истина / First Squad: The Truth (2010)
Страна хороших девочек / The Land of Good Girls (2009)
Убежище 3/9 / Asylum 3/9 (2006)
An Awkward Age (2011)