Arkady Babchenko

(Moscow, Russia, 1977)

Writer and journalist. He was drafted from Law Institute and sent to Chechnya after only some elementary training. On discharge he finished his education and wrote a cycle of graphic stories about his war experiences so as "to get the war out of my system". The result was La guerra más cruel (2008), A Soldier's War in Chechnya in English, both a fictionalized documentary and narrative non-fiction, which consists of a cycle of first-hand accounts of the Chechnya campaign. The stories are united by the same characters, the same place and time. Winner of the Debut Prize, A Soldier's War in Chechnya came out in Russian in 2006, has already been translated into six languages and will be published in Spain this autumn.

He is currently working as a columnist on the opposition paper Novaya Gazeta.

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