Viktor Erofeev is a well known writer and dissident who was described in a recent documentary about his life as 'the Russian libertine'. The author of a number of novels, his work has been translated into several languages and has received both critical and popular acclaim.
Born in 1947 into the family of a prominent Soviet diplomat, Erofeev spent some of his childhood abroad in Paris. He graduated in philology from Moscow State University, and in 1979 became the editor of the underground magazine Metropol, which brought together prohibited works by Soviet writers such as Bella Akhmadulina, Andrei Bytov and Vasily Aksenov. As a result, he was expelled from the Soviet Writers' Union and his writing was banned until state censorship was relaxed under Gorbachev. Since the fall of the Soviet Union he has been a key public figure in Russia. In 1992 he was awarded the Nabokov Award, and was made a member of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2006. Erofeev was also editor of the groundbreaking anthology, The Penguin Book of New Russian Writing.