Olga Martynova

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Olga Martynova at the Erlangen Poetry Festival (2012)

Olga Martynova (born in 1962 in Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia)[1][2] is a Russian-German writer. She writes poems in Russian, and prose and essays in German.

She grew up in Leningrad and currently lives with her husband, the Russian poet, novelist and playwright Oleg Yuriev, and their son Daniel in Frankfurt where she works as a poet and literary critic. Her book “Rom liegt irgendwo in Russland. Zwei russische Dichterinnen im lyrischen Dialog über Rom“ (Rome lies somewhere in Russia. Two Russian poets in a literary dialogue about Rome), which was written in collaboration with her friend Elena Schwarz, was published by Per Procura. She was awarded the Hubert Burda Preis für junge Lyrik for poets from Eastern, Southern and Central Europe in 2000.[3]


In Russian:

  • Postup´yanvarskikh sadov (poems), Moscow 1989 (in the convolute Kamera khraneniya)
  • Sumas`shedshiy kuznechik (poems), St Petersburg 1994
  • Chetyre vremeni nochi (poems), St Petersburg 1998
  • Frantsuzskaia biblioteka (poems), Moscow 2007
  • O Vvedenskom. O Chvirike i Chvirke / Issledovaniya v stikhakh (poems), Moscow 2010 (Russian Prize 2009, the long list).

In German:

  • Brief an die Zypressen (poems), Rimbaud, Aachen 2001, ISBN 978-3-89086-736-6.
  • Wer schenkt was wem (essays and book reviews), Rimbaud, Aachen 2003, ISBN 978-3-89086-686-4.
  • In der Zugluft Europas (poems), Wunderhorn, Heidelberg 2009, ISBN 978-3-88423-327-6.
  • Sogar Papageien überleben uns (a novel), Droschl, Graz 2009, ISBN 978-3-85420-765-8 - the long list of the German Bookprize 2010, the short list of the Aspekte-Prize der German Television ZDF (2010), Adalbert-von-Chamisso-Prize 2011, Roswitha-Prize 2011.
  • Zwischen den Tischen. Olga Martynova und Oleg Jurjew im essayistischen Dialog. Bernstein, Bonn 2011, ISBN 978-3-939431-73-2 (essays by Olga Martynova and Oleg Yuriev).
  • Von Tschwirik und Tschwirka (poems). Droschl, Graz 2012, ISBN 978-3-85420-831-0.
  • Mörikes Schlüsselbein (a novel), Graz 2013 (Droschl) ISBN 978-3-85420-841-9

In German and Russian (bilingual; in collaboration with Jelena Schwarz):

Poems by Olga Martynova were translated to German, English, French, Italian.

Awards and grants[edit]


  1. ^ "Olga Martynova" (in German). Herrmann-Lenz-Preis. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Biographies - Poets". poetrymagazines.org.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Hermann-Lenz-Preis 2000" (in German). Hermann-Lenz-Preis. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ "An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets" p232 Valentina Polukhina, Daniel Weissbort 2005 University of Iowa Press ISBN 0-87745-947-9