Post-Soviet Émigré Literature

Picture by Dmitrii Kuzmin,Vavilon

Picture by Dmitrii Kuzmin,Vavilon

Leonid Drozner
Bio  Poet and novelist Leonid Drozner was born in Kharkov in 1973. He lives in New York since 1994 and works as a designer. He published a book of poems Edison in Paradise.N.Y., 2003, and short stories in literary magazines: “Vavilon”, “Mitin Magazine”.




Prose:  Predatelstvo atomov. In ”Mitin Zhurnal”, 1998, n.56.
Poetry. Edison v rayu. New York: Кожа Пресс, 2003

Prose: Чернильный нож: роман . With Igor Satanovsky.  N.Y.2006



Boris DBoris Dralyuk

Bio  Boris Dralyuk  holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in a variety of literary and academic journals, including Poetry International, Zeek, Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian History. He is the translator of Leo Tolstoy’s How Much Land Does a Man Need (Calypso Editions, 2010) . He writes in English.


c21197-isaeva-olga200Olga Isaeva

Bio  Olga Isaeva was born in Kazakhstan in 1958. She graduated from Moscow Pedagogical Institute “Krupskaya” and was a teacher at a high school. Since 1988 she has lived in New York. She published her works in Russian  and  émigré journals “New Journal”, “Time and Us”, “Word », «Interpoeziya”, “New Youth” and others.  Her book of prose  was published in 2000.



Margarita Meklina and Polina Barskova

Margarita Meklina and Polina Barskova

Margarita Meklina

Bio: Margarita Meklina  was born in 1972 in St.Petersburg.  She  is a bilingual essayist and fiction writer currently residing in San Francisco. In 2003, she was awarded the Andrei Bely prize for her Russian collection of short stories Battle at St. Petersburg. In 2009, she was awarded the Russian Prize, established for Russian writers living abroad  for her book My Criminal Connection to Art


•    Сражение при Петербурге. Рассказы и эссе. М. : Новое Литературное Обозрение, 2003.
•    У любви четыре руки  Рассказы, совместно с Лидой Юсуповой М. :Queer, 2008.
•    POP3 : Эпистолярный роман.  Lulu-Press, 2008.
•    А я посреди: Рассказы.  Мoscow: АРГО-РИСК; Книжное обозрение, 2011.
•    Моя преступная связь с искусством. М.: Русский Гулливер/Центр современной литературы, 2012.
Zhurnalnii Zal:


kucherskaya_maya_(3)__250Maya Kucherskaia

Bio  Maya Kucherskaia was born in 1970 in Moscow. A graduate of Moscow State University, she received a Ph.D. from UCLA and is the author of more than 100 articles on literature and culture. She has served several times as a judge on Russia’s most prestigious literary award, the Booker, and her first novel  The Rain God received the Student Booker prize. Her Faith & Humor (published in Russia as Sovremenny Paterik) was shortlisted for the 2006 Bunin Prize.

Zhurnalnii Zal

•    Faith & Humor: Notes from Muscovy . Translated by  Alexei Bayer.  Russian Life Books, 2011.
•    Пасхальные рассказы.  Мoscow.: Izdatel’stvo Chrama Kozmy I Damiana,1998.
    Константин Павлович. (Серия: Жизнь замечательных людей). Мoscow: Molodaya gvardiya , 2005.
•    Современный патерик ( Sovremenny Paterik) .  Чтение для впавших в уныние. Мoscow: Vremya, 2005.
•    Бог дождя. Мoscow: Vremya, 2007.
•    Наплевать на дьявола. Мoscow: Astrel’, 2009.
•    Тётя Мотя. Мoscow: Astrel’, 2012.

800px-Irina_Muravyova_-_MIBF_2011_-_2Irina Myravyova
Bio  Irina Muravyova  was  born in 1952 in Moscow.
She translated poetry from English and German to Russian. In 1985 she emigrated to the U.S.  Murayova currently lives in Boston where she lectures at Harvard and edits  the “Boston Marathon”, a Russian-language literary  gazette. She has several books of prose to her credit.  Many of her stories have been published in Russia’s best literary journals. Irina Muravyova is one of the finest Russian  women authors today.



  •   The Curly-headed Lieutenant.Hermitage Publishers,  1995.
  •  The Nomadic Soul . Moscow:  Terra Publishers, 1992
  • Beatrice’s Reflection (Отражение Беатриче), 2012
  • The Love of Frau Kleist (Любовь фрау Клейст), 2008
  • Jolly Fellows (Веселые ребята), 2005

Helga Landauer (Helga Olshvang)

helgaBio  Helga Landauer (Olshvang) was born in Moscow, where she graduated from Russian State Institute of Cinematography. She wrote numerous screenplays for feature, animation and documentary films, and worked at Russian National Television. Helga Landauer has lived in the United States since 1996  in New York and California and worked as a writer  and a filmmaker. Her films Being Far from Venice (1998), Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear (2002),  A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich (2006, co-directed with Oksana Dvornichenko), A Film About Anna Akhmatova (2008), and Diversions (2009) have been screened at many international film festivals and significant American and European venues such as Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Louvre Auditorium.

Maria_Rybakova1 Maria Rybakova

Bio Maria Rybakova was born in 1973 in Moscow.  She studied at Moscow University and Humboldt University (Germany). Maria Rybakova earned her Ph.D. in Classics from Yale University and currently is faculty at San Diego University.   In 2012, her novel “A Sharp Knife for a Tender Heart” was nominated for the prestigious international Jan Michalski award. Rybakova is currently teaching Classics and Humanities at San Diego State University and working at her fifth novel.


Maxim   Shrayer

ShrayerMaximD2010Maxim   Shrayer was born in 1967 in Moscow.  Together with his parents he immigrated to the US in 1987.  Shrayer attended Moscow University, Brown University, Rutgers University and Yale. Since 1996 he has been teaching at Boston College where he is a Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies. Among g his books is autobiographic Waiting for America (2007).

   Selected Bibliography 

Bezmozgis, David. The Free World. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

Bezmozgis, David. Natasha and Other Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Budman, MarkMy Life at First Try: A Novel. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2008

Gorokhova, ElenaA Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Grushin, Olga. The Dream Life of Sukhanov. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005.

Grushin, Olga. The Line. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010.

Grushin, Olga. Forty Rooms, New York: Marian Wood Books/Putnam’s

Kaminer, WladimirRussian Disco: Tales of Everyday Lunacy on the Streets of Berlin. London: Ebury, 2002.

Kaminsky, IlyaDancing in Odessa. Dorset, Vt: Tupelo Press, 2004. Print.

Krasikov, SanaOne More Year: Stories. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2008.

Litman, Ellen. The Last Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey Strachan. Music of a Life: A Novel. New York: Arcade Pub, 2002.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey Strachan. Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer. New York: Arcade Pub, 2000.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey StrachanHuman Love: A Novel. New York: Arcade Pub, 2008.

Makine, Andreï. Le Testament Français: Roman. Paris: Mercure de France, 1995.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey StrachanOnce Upon the River Love. New York: Arcade Pub, 1998.

Makine, Andrei. Requiem for the East. London: Sceptre, 2001.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey StrachanThe Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme: A Novel. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2005.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey StrachanRequiem for a Lost Empire. New York: Arcade Pub, 2001.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey Strachan. Dreams of My Russian Summers. New York: Arcade Pub, 1997.

Makine, Andreï. The Life of an Unknown Man. London: Sceptre, 2010.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey StrachanThe Crime of Olga Arbyelina. New York: Arcade Pub, 1999.

Makine, Andreï, and Geoffrey StrachanThe Woman Who Waited: A Novel. New York: Arcade Pub, 2006.

Reyn, Irina. What Happened to Anna K: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.

 Shrayer , Maxim. With or Without You: The Prospect for Jews in Today’s Russia. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2017.

Shrayer , Maxim. Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013.

Shrayer , Maxim. Yom Kippur in Amsterdam:  Stories. Syracuse:  Syracuse University Press, 2009.

Shteyngart, GaryAbsurdistan. New York: Random House, 2006.

Shteyngart, GaryThe Russian Debutante’s Handbook. New York: Riverhead Books, 2002.

Shteyngart, GarySuper Sad True Love Story: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2010.

Shteyngart, Gary.Lake Success New York: Random House, 2018.

Vapnyar, LaraBroccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.

Vapnyar, LaraMemoirs of a Muse. New York: Pantheon Books, 2006.

Vapnyar, LaraThere Are Jews in My House. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.

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Compiled by Bud Woodward

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