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Natalia Tolstaya

She is a writer, translator and teacher of Swedish language and literature at the Saint Petersburg University. She has given classes on Russian history and culture in Sweden and for many years has been translating Swedish poetry into Russian.

She has written, among others, a selection of short tales in the literary magazine Zvezda (1993-2006); the books Dvoje (2002, Two) and Siostry (1998, Sisters), this one written together with her sister and writer Tatyana Tolstaya, as well as several essays on Russian and Swedish poetry for the Saint Petersburg University publication Scandinavica.

In 1997 she was awarded the Dovlatov Literary Prize.

One of her most recent works is a book of short stories: Odna (2004, Alone).