Born in Efremov, a town in the Tula region, raised in Moscow, where she studied at the Gorky Literary Institute and Institute of World Literature, and where she lives now.
Stepnova is a fiction writer, literary translator, and men’s magazine editor whose 2011 novel The Women of Lazarus was popular with critics and readers, winning two third-place Big Book Awards in 2012, shortlisted for the Russian Booker and the National Bestseller in 2012.
She began publishing fiction—short stories—in prestigious “thick” literary journals in 2003. Her debut novel, The Surgeon, was published in 2005 then re-released in 2012 after her second novel, The Women of Lazarus, won two third prizes from the Big Book Award’s jury members and voting readers. The Women of Lazarus tells, through the lives of three generations of women, the story of a Soviet-era mathematician working on high-level projects in a remote city: Stepnova’s contemporary version of the family saga genre combines history, family relationships, love, Biblical references, and all manner of unpleasantries. The Surgeon weaves together plotlines about a modern-day plastic surgeon and an eleventh-century prophet and founder of an Islamic state.
Stepnova works as a scriptwriter and contributes to a number of national newspapers.
Her translation from Romanian of the play Nameless Star by Mihail Sebastian has been staged by numerous theaters throughout Russia.
Meet Marina Stepnova:
March 15th, 19:00, Pushkin House http://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2017/3/15/youth-in-literature-a-conversation-with-marina-stepnova-vadim-levental-and-alisa-ganieva
March 16th, 11:00, Read Russia Stand 5 F111
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