German Sadulaev

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German Sadulaev
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Sadulayev at the press conference about the shortlisted authors of the Russian Prize, Yeltsin Center, Moscow, 20.03.2012
Born (1973-02-18) 18 February 1973 (age 43)
Shali, Chechen Republic
Occupation novelist
Language Russian
Nationality  Russia
Ethnicity Chechen

German Umaralievich Sadulaev (Russian: Герман Умаралиевич Садулаев, born 2 February 1973) is a Chechen writer.


German Sadulaev was born in 1973, in the town of Shali, in the Chechen-Ingush ASSR, to a Chechen father and Terek Cossack mother.

In 1989, aged sixteen, he left Chechnya to study law at Leningrad State University. Today he lives and works as a lawyer in St Petersburg.

German Sadulaev’s first book, Radio FUCK, told city tales of the thirty-something generation in St Petersburg. It made no mention of Chechnya. With the publication of his second book, I am a Chechen!, critics acclaimed Sadulaev as "the literary find of the year" [1]. Much more than a war novel, it was a lyrical fusion of exotic legends, stories and memories, nominated for the National Bestseller prize. Sadulaev's next work, Snowstorm, or The Myth of the End of the World, was a grotesque fantasy satire about social Darwinism. It won the Eureka prize. Sadulaev’s fourth book, The Maya Pill, was shortlisted for the 2008 Russian Booker [2] and for the 2009 National Bestseller [3].

German Sadulaev's I am a Chechen! (translated by Anna Gunin) was published by Harvill Secker in 2010. The Maya Pill (translated by Carol Apollonio) will be published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2013.


  • Radio FUCK / Радио FUCK (2006)
  • I am a Chechen! (2010) / Я – чеченец! (2006)
  • Snowstorm, or The Myth of the End of the World / Пурга, или Миф о конце света (2008)
  • The Maya Pill (2013) / Таблетка (2008)

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