Aleksandr Skorobogatov (Grodno, 1963) is considered one of the most original Russian writers of the post-communist era. He has studied in Minsk, Paris and Moscow and now lives in Antwerp. He has worked as a circus worker, night security guard, street sweeper, translator, copywriter, journalist for Russian national radio, and later as a Benelux correspondent for Radio Liberty. Skorobogatov has written short stories, essays, and eight novels. His work has been published to great acclaim in Russian, Dutch, French, Italian, and Greek, and has received several literary awards.