Zakhar Prilepin



Zakhar Prilepin



Zakhar Prilepin was born near Ryazan in 1975. Prilepin had a varied life before dedicating himself to writing, spending time as a student, as a labourer, as a journalist and as a soldier, serving with the Special Forces in Chechnya. More recently Prilepin has come to the public attention not only as one of the best writers of his generation, but as a committed, and often controversial, political activist on behalf of the ‘Other Russia’ coalition. Prilepin lives in Nizhny Novgorod where he is the regional editor of independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. His website is one of the most popular author's sites in Russia. 


Prilepin's combination of lucid prose and social consciousness has made him one of the most popular and acclaimed writers in Russia today and drawn comparisons with the Russian classics. His novel Sankya, which draws on his own experiences to depict life among young political extremists, was shortlisted for the Russian Booker in 2007, when it also won the Yasnaya Polyana Award and the Best Foreign Novel of the Year Award in China. Prilepin's works have been translated into numerous foreign languages; regrettably, English-speaking readers have as yet had to content themselves with a handful of short stories.




Books /selected/

Леонид Леонов: Игра его была огромна / Leonid Leonov: He Played Big (2010)

Грех / Sin (2007)

Санькя / Sankya (2006)

Патологии / Pathologies (2005)




Prizes and awards


2008 - The National Bestseller Prize

2006 - The Russian Booker Prize

2006 - The National Bestseller Prize

2005 - The National Bestseller Prize 










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