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, and have been translated into thirty languages, including English. A number of his titles have also been adapted into Russian films.
Not Saying Goodbye, the final title in the Fandorin series, was recently published in Russia by Zakharov. Other works by 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.
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. In 2017, the UK edition of All The World’s A Stage, the thirteenth title in the Fandorin series, was shortlisted for the EBRD Literature Prize for literary fiction translated into English.
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