Alisa Ganieva

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Alisa Ganieva
Born Alisa Arkadyevna Ganieva
1985 (age 28–29)
Moscow, USSR (present-day Moscow, Russia)
Pen name Gulla Khirachev
Occupation writer, essayist
Alma mater Maxim Gorky Literature Institute

Alisa Arkadyevna Ganieva (or Ganiyeva; Russian: Алиса Аркадьевна Ганиева, born 1985) is a Russian author, writing short prose and essays. In 2009, she was awarded the Debut literary prize for her debut novel Salaam, Dalgat!, published using the pseudonym of Gulla Khirachev.[1]

Ganieva was born in Moscow in an Avar family[2] but moved with her family to Dagestan, where she lived in Gunib and later attended school in Makhachkala. In 2002 she moved back to Moscow[3] and graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute. She works as a literary critic for the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily.[1]

She won the Debut literary prize, the under-25 competition for authors writing in Russian, in 2009 for Salaam, Dalgat!. The identity of the author, who published it pseudonymously, was only discovered at the award ceremony.[2] The novel describes the everyday life of Dagestani youth in the cities and shows the decay of traditional life and their difficult relations with Islam, the traditional religion of Dagestanis.[4] The characters use the "Dagestani Russian", a pidgin version of Russian, to communicate, the first instance when this was presented in a literary work.[5][6]

In 2012, Ganieva published her second novel, Holiday Mountain, also set in Dagestan. She published short stories and fairy tales. She has received a number of literary awards for her essays.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Alisa Ganieva profile". Debut Prize Foundation. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Alisa Ganieva and The Chronicles of Dagestan". Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Останется ли Кавказ с Россией?" (in Russian). Echo of Moscow. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ FitzGerald, Nora (22 June 2010). "Young Authors' Bold New Perspective". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Бойков, Игорь (January 25, 2010). "Салам, бычьё" (in Russian). Агентство Политических Новостей. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Артемьев, Максим; Костырко, Василий (24 December 2012). ""Праздничная гора" Алисы Ганиевой". Russian Journal (in Russian). 
  7. ^ Anguelov, Zlatko. "Alisa Ganieva". University of Iowa. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Читатели Алисы Ганиевой услышат звон горных ручьёв. "Книги" с Сергеем Шаргуновым" (in Russian). Радиостанция "Вести ФМ". Retrieved 30 January 2013.