Alisa Ganieva

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Alisa Ganieva
Алиса Аркадьевна Ганиева.jpg
Born Alisa Arkadyevna Ganieva
1985 (age 31–32)
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 novels, 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 participated in the International Writing Program's Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA,[7] and published her second novel, Holiday Mountain, also set in Dagestan. In 2014, it was translated to German.[8] In 2015 the Italian [9] and the English [10] translations came out. The most recent one published by the Deep Vellum Publishing House (USA) is called "The Mountain And The Wall" (Russian: Праздничная гора). Ganieva spoke about the book to the audience of the London bureau of the Voice Of Russia radio [11] In 2016, Spanish[12] and Turkish translations followed.

In April 2015 her new novel "The Bride And The Bridegroom" was released in Russia and listed for the major literary awards.[13] In particular, it made to the short list of the Russian Booker Prize, but did not receive the prize.

She also published short stories and fairy tales. She has received a number of literary awards for her fiction.[14][15]

In June 2015 Ganieva was listed by The Guardian as one of the most talented and influential young people living in Moscow.[16] She is number 9 on the list.


  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. ^ "2012 Resident Participants | The International Writing Program". Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  8. ^ "Alissa Ganijewa Mountain of the Feast". Suhrkamp. 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Alisa Ganieva, La montagna in festa, La Nuova Frontiera". Wordpress. 2015. 
  10. ^ "Alisa Ganieva". Deep Vellum Publishing. 2015. 
  11. ^ "Alisa Ganieva talks about Caucasus". 2013. 
  12. ^ Rogriguez Marcos, Javier (12 February 2016). "Pasión por Instagram, pasión por el Corán" (in Spanish). El Pais. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bride And Groom: getting married, Caucasus-style". Russia Beyond The Headlines. 2015. 
  14. ^ Anguelov, Zlatko. "Alisa Ganieva". University of Iowa. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Читатели Алисы Ганиевой услышат звон горных ручьёв. "Книги" с Сергеем Шаргуновым (in Russian). Радиостанция "Вести ФМ". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Moscow 30 under 30: the people's power list". The Guardian. 2015.