ELKOST Intl. literary agency handles world translation rights in Vladimir Makanin literary estate
European Prize for Literature (2012)
Big Book Award for Asan (Russia, 2008)
Premio Penne (Italy, 2001)
State Prize of the Russian Federation (1999)
Pushkin Prize for his oeuvre (Russia, 1998)
Russian Booker Prize (1993, Russia)
Order of the Badge of Honour (Russia, 1984)
Vladimir Makanin (1937-2017) was among the best-known Russian contemporary writers. Born in the Urals, he was trained as a mathematician and later as a filmmaker. His first passion was chess and then the cinema, but he made his name with his highly individual stories which won him instant fame among the Russian intelligentsia during the years of the Thaw.
Makanin became widely known with the publication in 1982 of his Forebears, a novel about a faith healer. Many of his novels have been published in translation in USA, Germany, France, Spain, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. His Baize-covered Table with Decanter won the Russian Booker Prize in 1993.
He spent most of his later years in Krasny, near Rostov-on-Don. In 2007, Makanin headed the jury for the Big Book award. The following year, he was the recipient.
Makanin's writing style may be categorized as realist. His forte lies in depicting the psychological impact of everyday life experiences.