Vladimir Georgievich Sorokin is one of the most popular postmodern Russian authors and dramatists. He was born August 7, 1955 in Bykovo, Moscow Oblast. He studied at Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in Moscow and graduated as an engineer (wikipedia.com).
Despite his engineering background, Sorokin started working for a magazine and then illustrated books. He developed his writing in the Moscow Underground in the 1980s. His first novel, The Queue, was published in 1985, but his works were banned during the Soviet period, so he was published by a French publisher (literaturfestival.com).
In 2001 Sorokin won the Russian Booker prize and the Andrei Biely award (literaturfestival.com).
Sorokin uses conceptualism in his works. Also, “he plays with different genres and styles, parodies the pathos of Socialist Realism, appropriates fragments from folk tales and formula fiction, and combines elements of political satire and Soviet legends with depictions of violence and utopian visions” (literaturefestival.com).
Sorokin’s works have been translated into roughly 20 languages. His most popular novels have been his Ice trilogy works and Days of the Oprichnik (literaturfestival.com).
For a complete bibliography of Sorokin’s works visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Sorokin
Sorokina, Maria. “Vladimir Sorokin.” Photograph. Internationales Literaturfestival, Berlin. “Vladimir Sorokin [Russia].” Web. 16 October 2013.
“Vladimir Sorokin.” Wikipedia. n.a., 29 July 2013. Web. 16 October 2013.
“Vladimir Sorokin [Russia].” Internationales Literaturfestival, Berlin. n.a., n.d. Web. 16 October 2013.