Leonid Yuzefovich

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Leonid Yuzefovich, 2010

Leonid Abramovich Yuzefovich (Russian: Леони́д Абра́мович Юзефо́вич, born December 18, 1947 in Moscow) is a Russian writer known for the series of crime fiction stories taking place in pre-Revolution Russian Empire. He also writes non-fiction books about history, and currently adapts his stories for TV serials.

In 1975, he started working as a history teacher at a Moscow school and only retired in 2004 despite being in love with teaching. In 1981 he earned his Ph.D. (Candidate of Sciences) with his thesis on Russian diplomatic etiquette of the 15th-17th centuries.[1]

His early fiction works were occasionally published in the USSR through the late 1970s and 1980s but he mostly owed his initial popularity to the well-distributed non-fiction book The Sovereign of the Desert about Roman Ungern von Sternberg, issued in 1993. It influenced Victor Pelevin's novel Chapayev and Void, issued in 1996.

He gained more popularity when in 2001 he switched to detective stories set in the late 19th century, re-inventing the fame of detective Ivan Putilin.

In 2003 the Russian Booker Prize short-listed Yuzefovich's detective story Kazaroza.[2]

Yuzefovich became the main winner of the 2009 Big Book, the Russian national literary prize, for his novel Cranes and Pygmies on November 26.[3][4]

Yuzefovich's books have been translated and issued in English,[5] French, German, Italian, Mongolian, Polish, and Spanish languages.[6] As of October 2012, only two of his fiction works were published as parts of anthologies in English.[7]


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