Quick Study: Alexander Ilichevsky is known for dense prose that often combines philosophy, classical touches, and settings as diverse as Azerbaijan and the hidden tunnels of the Moscow Metro.
The Ilichevsky File: Poet and prose writer Alexander Ilichevsky’s first book, a poetry collection, was published in 1996, several years after he received his degree in physics and began a career in science. Ilichevsky won the 2007 Russian Booker Prize for his novel Matisse, about a Moscow physicist who gives up a comfortable life to wander. He won second prize in the 2010 Big Book competition for The Persian, which draws on his childhood memories of Azerbaijan and was also shortlisted for the Yasnaya Polyana award. Ilichevsky’s The Mathematician (2011) and Anarchists (2012) finish a “square” of four books that began with Matisse and The Persian. Ilichevsky followed Anarchists with City of Sunset, a book of essays about Jerusalem that has themes that connect with his novels.
Psssst………: Ilichevsky worked as a systems programmer for Intel in California during the 1990s. Matisse and The Persian will be published in French and German translations in 2013.