Lev Danilkin

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Lev Danilkin
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Native name
Лев Данилкин
Born (1974-12-01) December 1, 1974 (age 46)
Vinnytsia, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Occupationwriter, translator, journalist, literary critic
Citizenship Russia
Alma materMoscow State University

Lev Aleksandrovich Danilkin (Russian: Лев Александрович Данилкин, IPA: [lʲef ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪtɕ dɐˈnʲilkʲɪn], born 1 December 1974, Vinnytsia) is Russian writer and literary critic. He is a winner of the Big Book literary prize (2017).


Lev Danilkin was born into a family of literary teachers. He studied in middle schools in Odintsovo, Moscow Oblast, and in Moscow and graduated n 1998 from graduate school of philology of the Moscow State University.[1][2]


In 1999-2000, Danilkin worked as the chief editor of the Russian edition of Playboy magazine. During 15 years he led the column Books with Lev Danilkin in Afisha magazine.

By the time he departed from Afisha in 2014, Danilkin had already written several biographies, including Man With an Egg: The Life and Views of Alexander Prokhanov about controversial writer Alexander Prokhanov, a book that was a finalist for the 2008 National Bestseller and Big Book awards. He also wrote a life of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin for the ZhZL (Russian: ЖЗЛ — Жизнь Замечательных Людей) series.[3]

Danilkin’s greatest subject is Lenin, and his 2017 book Lenin. Pantocrator of Dust Motes became one of the central literary events surrounding the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia.[4] This year it won both the Big Book and Book of the Year awards.[5][6]


  1. ^ Кириенков, Игорь (3 January 2019). "Писатель Лев Данилкин — о лучших русских книгах XXI века, встрече с Пелевиным и гениальности Лимонова" (in Russian). Esquire. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ Бойко, Михаил (24 April 2008). "Вивисектор русской хтони" (in Russian). Независимая газета. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Lev Danilkin". Read Russia. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Lev Danilkin presents: Lenin: The Pantocrator of Sun Dust". New Holland. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  5. ^ Скорондаева, Анастасия (12 December 2017). "Лев Данилкин стал лауреатом премии "Большая книга"" (in Russian). Российская Газета. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Лев Данилкин получил премию «Книга года»". Горький (in Russian). 6 September 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2021.

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