Olga Slavnikova

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Olga Slavnikova
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Olga Slavnikova, 2011
Born (1957-10-23) October 23, 1957 (age 59)
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Occupation writer, literary critic
Nationality Russian
Notable works 2017
Notable awards Russian Booker Prize (2006)

Olga Alexandrovna Slavnikova (Russian: О́льга Алекса́ндровна Сла́вникова; born 23 October 1957) is a Russian novelist and literary critic. She was awarded the 2006 Russian Booker Prize for her novel 2017.


Olga Slavnikova was born and grew up in Yekaterinburg.[1] She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Ural State University in 1981. Her first works of fiction were published in the late 1980s. She has lived and worked in Moscow since 2001.[2]

She began publishing novels in the 1990s, several of which won awards, including the Apollon Grigoriev Prize, the Polonsky Prize, and the Bazhov Prize. She was awarded the 2006 Russian Booker Prize for her novel 2017.[3] Her latest novel Lightheaded was published in 2010.[2]

She also writes about contemporary literature and serves as director of the Debut Independent Literary Prize, which receives up to 50,000 entries per year.[2] The prize was founded by the private organization Pokolenie to help young Russian authors get their works published in Russia and in translations worldwide. Olga has been the director of the Debut Prize since 2001.[4]


Title Year Genre
The Freshman 1988 Novel
A Dragonfly Enlarged to the Size of a Dog 1996 Novel
Alone in the Mirror 1999 Novel
The Immortal 2001 Novel
2017 2006 Novel
Love in Carriage Seven 2009 Novel
Light Head 2010 Novel

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  1. ^ "Nine of Russia's Foremost Women Writers". Glas. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Olga Slavnikova". Academia Rossica. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Archive – 2006" (in Russian). Russian Booker Prize. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Kiem, Elizabeth (25 October 2012). "Olga Slavnikova". The Morning News. Retrieved 31 May 2013.