Andrei Iur’evich Kurkov, born in 1961 in the village of Budogoshch in the Kirishi district of the Leningrad region, to the family of a military pilot, is a Ukrainian national whose Russian-language fiction has been translated into over 30 languages. The joint print-run of his books, including translations, has reportedly exceeded four million copies, and he has been promoted by some of his publishers as the best known modern author of Russian fiction in Europe. A graduate of the Kiev Foreign Languages Institute (1983), he is fluent in Ukrainian, English, German and Japanese, and regularly contributes to Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Die Weltwoche, Die Welt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Libération</…
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Rogatchevski, Andrei. "Andrey Kurkov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 October 2010
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