Olga Grjasnowa, born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan, grew up in the Caucasus. Longer periods of time spent in Poland, Russia, and Israel followed. She is a graduate of the Institute of German Literature Leipzig. She was awarded the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Border Crossers scholarship in 2011 to conduct research for her first novel, Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt (All Russians Love Birch Trees), which was published in 2012. She followed her debut novel in 2014 with her latest, Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe (The legal blurriness of a marriage). According to the jury: "In her novels, Olga Grjasnowa expresses an extremely contemporary rejection of rigid clichés related to national, social, and sexual identity. Her characters are quite natural as transcultural nomads of the 21st century. They are on a search for the appropriate form of happiness for themselves – sometimes sad and distraught, but never wallowing in self-pity. The laconic, cool tone of the novels is filled with captivating and completely independent imaginative spirit."
Anna Seghers-Preis, 2012
Novel. C. Hanser Verlag, Munich 2014
Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt.
Novel. C. Hanser Verlag, Munich 2012