Aleksandr Skorobogatov is considered one of the most original Russian writers of the post-communist era. He studied drama and film at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts (Minsk, Belarus), divinities at St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Paris, France), and is a graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow, Russia). He has worked as a circus worker, night security guard, street sweeper, translator, copywriter, journalist for Russian national radio and later as a correspondent in Benelux for Radio Liberty. Skorobogatov is the author of short stories, essays and a play, and eight novels, including EARTH WITHOUT WATER and SERGEANT BERTRAND (VERA in some translations), which have been published to great acclaim in Russian, Dutch, French, Italian and Greek. In 2012, Skorobogatov became only the third Russian author ever to win the prestigious International Literary Award 'Città di Penne - Mosca' (Italy). Skorobogatov lives with his wife, the translator Rosemie Vermeulen, and their daughters in Antwerp, Belgium.