Tatyana Tolstaya

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For the older Russian writer of the same name, see Tatyana Sukhotina-Tolstaya.
Tatyana Tolstaya
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Born Tatyana Nikitichna Tolstaya
(1951-05-03) 3 May 1951 (age 63)
Leningrad, USSR
(now Saint Peterburg, Russia)
Occupation Writer, TV host, publicist, novelist, essayist
Alma mater Saint Petersburg State University

Tatyana Nikitichna Tolstaya (Russian: Татья́на Ники́тична Толста́я; born 3 May 1951) is a Russian writer, TV host, publicist, novelist, and essayist from the Tolstoy family.


Tolstaya was born in Leningrad. Her paternal grandfather was Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoi, an important Russian-Soviet writer known as 'the Red Count', author of Peter I (Пётр Первый) and other novels. His wife, Natalia Krandievskaya, was an influential poet. Her maternal grandfather, Mikhail Lozinsky, was a literary translator. Tolstaya's sister, Natalia was a writer as well. Her son, Artemy Lebedev, is the founder and owner of Art. Lebedev Studio, the first and one of the best-known[1]

Life and work[edit]

Tolstaya received her education at the department of classical philology of the Leningrad State University. She moved to Moscow in the early 1980s and started working in the Nauka publishing house. Her first short story, "On a Golden Porch" (На златом крыльце сидели), appeared in Avrora magazine in 1983 and marked the start of Tolstaya's literary career.

Tolstaya's novel The Slynx/Kys (Кысь, 2000) is a dystopian novel filled with literary allusions. Several collections of short stories by Tatyana Tolstaya are popular all over Russia, and she is regarded by many as one of the foremost writers of today. Tolstaya co-hosts the Russian television program, The School for Scandal (Школа злословия, named after a play by Richard Sheridan). She conducts interview with representatives of contemporary Russian culture and politics. Her yearly schedule is divided between the US, where she spends half of the year lecturing at a university, and Russia.[citation needed]


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  • The American band Okkervil River take their name from one of her stories. It is also a name of a river in St. Petersburg.


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