Naja, denkt das Publikum, die Russen mit ihrer Schwermut.
Olga Martynova was born in 1962 in Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk Krai/Russia. She is a Russian-German writer: Martynova writes poems in Russian, prose and essays in German. She grew up in Leningrad and lives in Frankfurt where she works as a poet and literary critic. The writer knows how to present difficult situations with enchanting ease.
She was awarded the Hubert Burda Prize for poets from Eastern, Southern and Central Europe in 2000, Roswitha von Gandersheim Prize in 2011 and the Adelbert von Chamisso Promotion Prize in 2011. Her novel Sogar Papageien überleben uns (Even parrots survive us) was on the shortlist of the aspekte Prize and on the longlist of the German Book Prize in 2010. Moreover Martynova won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (2012) with a chapter of her novel Mörikes Schlüsselbein (Moerike’s collarbone) and the Prize for Literature of Berlin (2015).