Sana Krasikov

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Sana Krasikov
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Alma materCornell University,
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Genrenovel, short story
SpouseGregory Warner

Sana Krasikov (born Ukraine) is a writer living in the United States. She grew up in the Republic of Georgia, as well as the United States. She graduated from Cornell University in 2001 where she lived at the Telluride House,[1] and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 2017 she was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


Krasikov is the author of the novel The Patriots,[2] which explores the tangled relationship between Russia and America through the perspectives of one American family moving back and forth between continents over three generations. The novel's main character, Florence Fein, makes a reverse immigration from Brooklyn to Moscow during the Great Depression. The story also touches on Russia's state-supported oil and gas industry. The Spectator has written, "as an intelligent literary commentary on Russo-American relations of the past century, it's unparalleled." The Patriots has been praised as 'timely', 'current' and 'urgently relevant' by The New York Times,[3] Tablet,[4] The Guardian,[5] and other publications.

Krasikov's debut short story collection, One More Year, released in 2008, first drew critical acclaim for its exploration of the lives of Russian and Georgian immigrants who had settled in the United States. It received favorable reviews from The San Francisco Chronicle,[6] The Boston Globe, Oprah Magazine,[7] Entertainment Weekly,[8] The New York Times,[9] and The New York Sun.[10] It was later named a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and The New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, received a National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award, and won the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. In her stories, which appeared first in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Zoetrope and other magazines, one catches a glimpse of the new twenty-first century moment that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. The short story 'Companion, won an O.Henry Award, and was longlisted for the Best American Short Stories, as were two other stories in the collection. The story Asal, which appeared in The Virginia Quarterly, garnered a National Magazine Award nomination. 'One More Year' has gone on to be translated into eleven languages.

Personal life[edit]

Krasikov has been married to radio journalist Gregory Warner since 2009. In 2016 Warner and Krasikov conceived and developed a narrative podcast called Rough Translation. The show which takes topics familiar to Americans -- fake news, affirmative action, dating, surrogacy -- and examines them through a new cultural lens. Rough Translation is currently hosted by Gregory Warner for NPR. Krasikov continues to assist in story-shaping and editing of episodes.


  • National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" (2008)[11]
  • New York Public Library Young Lions Finalist (2009)[12]
  • Finalist for 2009 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction
  • 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Fiction
  • O. Henry Award
  • 2009 National Magazine Award Nomination (for Virginia Quarterly Review)
  • Granta's Best Young American Novelists 2017
  • Prix du Premier Roman Etranger 2019, France, for best first novel in foreign language


  • One more year London : Portobello, 2010. ISBN 9781846271786, OCLC 528411238
  • The Patriots Random House Inc 2017. ISBN 9780385524414, OCLC 964928692


  1. ^ "Telluride Association Newsletter" (PDF). 103 (1). May 2017: 13. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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  3. ^ Rich, Nathaniel (2017). "'The Patriots' Charts a Family's Reverse Journey From Brooklyn to the Gulag". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. ^ Kirsch, Adam (January 30, 2017). "Adam Kirsch Reviews Sana Krasikov's 'Boldly Imagined' New Novel, 'The Patriots'". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. ^ Taplin, Phoebe (2017-03-24). "The Patriots by Sana Krasikov review – stuck in the USSR". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ Frank, Joan (August 10, 2008). "Sana Krasikov's 'One More Year'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ Medwick, Cathleen (July 15, 2008). "One More Year". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  8. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (August 8, 2008). "One More Year". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  9. ^ Bahadur, Gaiutra (2008-09-05). "Book Review | 'One More Year: Stories,' by Sana Krasikov". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  10. ^ Lytal, Benjamin (August 6, 2008). "Minding Manners". New York Sun. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  11. ^ The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Fiction Selections for 2008
  12. ^ Young Lions Fiction Award, The New York Public Library

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