worked for seven years on geological expeditions in north Russia and Central Asia. He has been published as a poet, essayist and journalist. His prize-winning novels have been translated into multiple languages and deal with the impact of Stalinism on contemporary Russian life. Among his most recent books are The Year of the Comet (New Vessel Press, 2017), Oblivion (New Vessel Press, 2016) and Menschen im August (S. Fischer Verlag, 2015).