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Marina Stepnova

Marina Stepnova

Bestselling author

Translated into 29 languages

Marina Stepnova was born in 1971 in the small town of Efremov, in the Tula region. Marina was raised in Moldova and moved to Moscow for a higher education.

She graduated from The Gorky Literary Institute and did postgraduate studies at the Institute of World Literature. Stepnova’s translation from Romanian of the play Nameless Star by Mihail Sebastian has been staged by numerous theaters throughout Russia.

Marina Stepnova is the author of several novels, including a Big Book Award winning and nationally bestselling novel, The Women of Lazarus.

Stepnova works as a scriptwriter with prominent directors – Kantemir Balagov, Avdotya Smirnova, to name a few. Stepnova also teaches creative writing and has discovered and championed new promising literary voices.

Marina Stepnova resides with her family in Italy since 2022. 

Selected books

2020 — A New Breed aka The Garden, novel

2014 — The Italian Lessons, novel

2011 — The Women of Lazarus, novel

2005 — The Surgeon, novel

Literary awards

Winner of the Yasnaya Polyana Prize 2021 (readers’ choice)

Shortlisted for the Big Book Award 2021

Shortlisted for the National Book of the Year 2020

The Big Book Award 2012 (third prize by the jury and readers’ choice)

Shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize 2012

Shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize 2012

Shortlisted for Yasnaya Polyana Prize 2012

Nominated for the National Bestseller Prize 2005

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