Riveting Reads: Russian Literature Today – Alisa Ganieva

Alisa Ganieva is a writer of fiction and essays. In 2009, her first long story – “Salam, Dalgat!” about her native land in the Caucasus – won the prestigious “Debut Prize,” a major literary award for young writers.  The significance of the achievement may be judged by the fact that approximately sixty thousand manuscripts were entered in the competition.

Alisa is now the author of two novels, The Mountain And The Wall (Праздничная гора, AST, 2012) and Bride and Groom (Жених и невеста, AST, 2015).  She has also published a collection of stories and essays entitled Salam, Dalgat! (2010). Alisa is also a winner of the “Triumph Prize,” a noted Russian award for talented writers, artists, actors, and musicians (2010, in the “young winners” category).

Alisa has been a finalist for other well-known national literary awards – the Yury Kazakov Prize (in  2010, for the best short story of the year), the Belkin Prize (in 2010, for the best long story of the year), the “Yasnaya Polyana” literary prize (in 2013) and the Russian Booker Prize (in 2015). At the Russian Booker award she was also given a special prize.

Recently, Alisa has beеn on the long-list for the “Big Book Prize” (in 2013 and 2015), the National Bestseller prize (in 2012), and the NOS prize (in 2013).

In 2015, the Britain’s The Guardian listed her among the thirty most talented young people in in Moscow.

Ganieva’s fiction has beеn translated into several languages and is published in many countries, where it is has been very well received by critics and the public alike.

Alisa Ganieva will appear during the Riveting Reads: Russian Literature Today event on 3 August at British Library, alongside Boris Akunin, Andrey Kurkov and Zinovy Zinik.

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