ELKOST Intl. literary agency handles world translation rights in all titles by Kirill Kobrin
Kirill Kobrin (1964) is a Russian writer, historian and journalist. He is an editor of the Russian intellectual journal Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, and is the author of over 25 books of fiction and NF, and numerous publications in the Russian, British, Latvian, Lithuanian and German press. He lives in Riga.
Kirill Kobrin is one of the last great polymaths - a writer who has equal facility writing about the recent history of Russian capitalism, the importance of Sherlock Holmes, the criticism of Lydia Ginzburg, the novel of the 19th century, the alternative culture of the 1980s, post-punk music, townscape and urbanism - and his work is appallingly ill-served in English translation, with only a handful of articles and his superb book of formalist detective stories, Eleven Prague Corpses. I hope to see much more of his work distributed outside Russia, as it deserves to be. -- Owen Hatherley, British essayist, architectural critic, editor for “Tribune” Culture section, author of “Landscapes of Communism”, “Ministry of Nostalgia”, “Trans-Europe Express”
Kirill Kobrin always asks the questions you wished you’d asked yourself – and then answers them provocatively, and with grace. Reading Kobrin is like stepping into the backroom of Russian history, where personalities, ideas and structures are revealed in all their flexibility and context. -- Thomas Rowley, Post-Soviet space editor, openDemocracy