Ludmila Ulitskaya was born in 1943 in the Urals. She graduated from Moscow University with a Degree of Master in Biology. She worked in the Institute of Genetics as a scientist.
Ludmila Ulitskaya worked as Repertory Director of the Hebrew Theatre of Moscow and also as a scriptwriter. She is the author of fourteen fiction books, three children’s stories and six plays, staged by a number of theatres in Russia and in Germany.
She has been awarded numerous literary prizes including the Medici Award in France in 1998, the Penne Literary Prize in Italy in 1998, the Giuseppe Acerbi Award in Italy in 1998; the Man Booker Prize in Russia in 2002 for Kukotsky Case; Novel of the Year Prize in Russia in 2004 for Sincerely Yours, Shurik; Best writer of the Year Ivanushka Prize in Russia in 2004; the Penne Literary Prize in 2006 in Italy, the National Olympia Prize of Russian Academy of Business in 2007 in Russia; the Best Stage Play Award 2006 conferred by Moscow Culture Commitee for The White Elephant Year in 2007 in Russia; the National Literary Prize BIG BOOK in 2007 in Russia for Daniel Stein, Translator and the Grinzane Cavour Literary Award in 2008 in Italy for Sincerely Yours, Shurik.
Ludmila Ulitskaya divides her time between Moscow and New York.