Tatyana Tolstaya

Russia, 1951

Tatyana Tolstaya is a writer from the famous Tolstoy family. She studied philology in Saint Petersburg and went to work with Nauka publishers in Moscow. Her literary debut was On the Golden Porch (1983). The short story collection White Walls (1987) also appeared in English translation. Tolstaya is further known for her outspoken opinions, voiced in columns in The New York Review of Books and in The New Yorker. For years, she taught at Skidmore College in the United States, acting as a Visiting Professor on various occasions. She is also a host and interviewer on Russian TV show The School of Scandal.