Mikhail Shishkin was born in 1961 in Moscow. In 1995, for family reasons he moved to
Zurich, Switzerland, where he worked as a teacher and translator at the Immigration
Department. Mikhail Shishkin is the only writer to have won all three of the most
prestigious Russian literary awards: the Russian Booker Prize for the novel “The Taking of
Izmail” (2000), the Russian National Best-Seller Prize (2005) for the novel “Maidenhair”
and the Big Book Prize (2010). His books are translated into 30 languages. Shishkin has
published articles in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and others. Since
2011, he lives near Basel.