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Anatoly Kim

ELKOST Intl. literary agency handles world translation rights in ALL WORKS by Anatoly Kim

"DN" literary magazine prize (Soviet Union, 1980),
Evangelical Church of Rheinland Prize (Germany, 1981),
Order of the Badge of Honour (Soviet Union, 1984),
"Yunost" literary magazine prize (Russia, 1997),
Yuri Kazakov literary award of Kazakhstan PEN (Kazakhstan, 2000),
Yasnaya Polyana literary award (Russia, 2005),
The Grand Order of Mugunghwa for contribution to the world culture (South Korea, 2014)


Anatoly Kim is a famous Russian-language novelist, scriptwriter, translator, and artist.

Kim's father was a Soviet Korean, the son of a man who immigrated to the Russian Empire in 1908; his mother was of Russian ethnicity. Kim was born in 1939 in the Chimkent region of Kazakhstan. In 1948, his family moved to the Russian Far East and Sakhalin Island. In 1957 Kim moved to Moscow to study at an art school.

While doing his obligatory military service, Kim sent a selection of his verse to the renowned Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, who strongly encouraged the unknown young man to develop his gifts.

Kim graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in 1971, and his first book, a collection of short stories, appeared in Moscow in 1976. By the early 1980s, Kim became a well-known author; moreover, his philosophical parables and their unique aesthetic appeal had won him the critical acclaim.

By now Kim has published numerous collections of short stories, multiple novellas, and novels: The Blue Island (Goluboi ostrov, 1976), Four Confessions (Chetyre ispovedi, 1978), Nightingale Echo (Solov’inoe ekho, 1980), The Jade Belt (Nefritovy poyas, 1981), Herb Collectors (Sobirateli trav, 1983), The Squirrel (Belka, 1984), The Taste of Sloe at Sunrise (Vkus terna na rassvete, 1985)