Maria Rybakova was born in Moscow. She studied Greek and Latin in Russia, then in Germany, and subsequently in the USA. She is currently based in Kazakhstan. Her first novel, Anna Grom and Her Ghost, was published in 1999. Several novels and short stories followed. Maria Rybakova is a recipient of numerous literary awards in Russia, including Students’ Booker Prize, Eureka Prize, Serguei Dovlatov Prize, Antologia Award, The Russian Prize, Globus Award. Her novels have been translated into German, Spanish and French. Her book-length poem Gnedich appeared in 2015 from Glagoslav, in a translation by Elena Dimov.
Highsmith Was a Troll: On Richard Bradford’s “Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires”
Maria Rybakova plumbs the depths of “Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires. The Life of Patricia Highsmith” by Richard Bradford....
A PEN Petition in Defense of Alexei Navalny
We, the members of PEN-Club Moscow and the Free Word Association, in according with the principles formulated in the Charter of ...
Perseverance of Love: On Irvin Yalom’s “Becoming Myself”
Maria Rybakova reviews psychiatrist Irvin Yalom's recent memoir, "Becoming Myself."...
Let Us Rejoice While We Are Young
Maria Rybakova reviews Mircea Eliade's early novel "Gaudeamus," recently translated by Christopher Bartholomew and released by Istros Books....
Against the Devil: The Tormented Life of Czesław Miłosz
Maria Rybakova reflects on the tormented life of Czesław Miłosz, as told in a new biography by Andrzej Franaszek....
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