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Marina Palei

ELKOST Intl. literary agency handles world translation rights in ALL works by Marina Palei

2011 Russian Literary Award

 

Born in 1955, Marina Palei is a Russian prose-writer, scriptwriter, publicist, novelist and translator. Her writings were shortlisted for Russian Booker (2000), Ivan Belkin Prize (2005 and 2009), Big Book Russian National Award (2006).

Marina Palei’s fiction is extremely extravagant, refined, innovative, and feature a very individual mixture of literature styles and genres. In the Western European and American Slavic studies there is a firm opinion that Marina Palei, a St.-Petersburg prose-writer, who now resides in the Netherlands, has significantly developed and enriched the achievements of modernism and post-modernism in their literary and philosophic aspects.

In connection with Marina Palei’s works (for example, “The Lunch” and “Klemens” novels) the names of Martin Heidegger and Vladimir Nabokov are mentioned most often; in “A Tribute to a Salamander” (that balances on the edge of an esoteric epistle, a romance novel and a lonely existential prayer), the author herself mentions the names of Nadezhda Blavatskaya and Emmanuel Swedenborg, placing on this fact an important conceptual emphasis.

Marina Palei’s achievement is a creation of a special shift that consequently leads to the space of another dimension. This shift, as well as its result, otherdimensional space, resemble neither Kafkian nor Nabokov’s shifts, nor the shifts, that are characteristic to utopians or antiutopians.

As a matter of fact, this imprint of the idiosyncratic consciousness has been revealing itself in the works of this author from the very beginning. Twenty years ago, a famous Russian literary critic Irina Rodnyanskaya has dedicated the following words to Marina Palei’s debut novel: “Marina Palei presents very rare specimens of inductive literature, that rises from experience and observation to existential generalization”.

Marina Palei's books were published: Austria – DROSCHL, KITAB, LEYKAM, STEIRISCHE, Estonia – PERIOODIKA, Finland - TAMMI, Germany – ROWOHLT, DEUTSCHER TASCHENBUCH VERLAG, Japan - SHINCHOSHA, Italy – IL SAGGIATORE, VOLAND, Netherlands – PEGASUS, Norway - NORAHL & EFTF, USA – ARDIS, WESTVIEW PRESS

In 1995 Marina Palei was named A Russian Princess of Literary Stile by Story International Festival in Rotterdam.

Visit Marina Palei's personal website: http://www.marinapalei.com/

Collection of Marina's latest works in Russian is available here: http://magazines.russ.ru