Andrey Kurkov is a novelist, film script writer, and essayist. He was born in 1961 in Leningrad, Russia. Having graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Foreign Languages, he worked for some time as a journalist. He then did his military service as a prison warder at Odessa after which he became a film cameraman, writer of screenplays and author of critically acclaimed and popular novels. Kurkov studied Japanese at the Institute and has given readings and lectures in English, German, French, Ukrainian and Russian and has been a visiting lecturer at universities in the Ukraine and Canada. He has facilitated translation workshops for the University of East Anglia, and was coordinator for the Festival of Contemporary German Literature for the Goethe Institute, Ukraine. He is an advocate of new Ukrainian literature and has organised literary festivals and bookfairs in small towns across the country. In 2005 he was a member of the Jury of the International Berlin Film Festival. In May 2008 he became a Writer in Residence at Innsbruck University, Austria.
He is the author of 14 novels and five children’s books. His books have been translated into 32 languages and include Death and the Penguin (2001), The Case of the General’s Thumb (2007), The President’s Last Love (2009), and Penguin Lost (2010).
Kurkov lives in Kiev, Ukraine, with his wife and three children