Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili, a Russian writer who has also written under the pen names Anna Borisova, Anatoly Brusnikin and Akunin-Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his popular Erast Fandorin books have sold over eighteen million copies in Russia alone, as well as being translated into thirty languages, including English. A number of his titles have also been adapted into Russian films. Planet Water, the penultimate title in the Fandorin series, was recently published in Russia by Zakharov, while the author is currently working on the sixteenth and final novel in the series. Other works from Akunin include the Sister Pelagia series, Genre series, Cinematic series and the Nicholas Fandorin books, whose protagonist is the grandson of the famous detective, Erast Fandorin.
His latest project, The History of the Russian State, is a series comprising nine non-fiction titles and accompanying fiction counter-parts. The first two volumes, A Part of Europe and A Part of Asia and their fiction counter-parts, The Hand of Fire and Bosch and Schelm, were published in 2013 and 2014 by AST.
Akunin won the Antibooker prize for The Coronation and was named Russian Writer of the Year in 2000. In 2004, he was a member of the jury at the 26th Moscow International Film Festival.
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