2002 — Fellowship Hawthornden International Writers Retreat (UK)
2003 — Grand Prix at the Russian Decameron Prize
2003 — Award of the October magazine for the best publication
2006 — finalist of the National Bestseller Prize
2007 — finalist of the Big Book Award and the Russian Booker Prize
2008 — finalist of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Award
Igor Sakhnovsky was born in 1958 in the town of Orsk, in the south of the Ural range that traditionally divides the European and Asian portions of Russia. He studied Philology at Ural State University, and went on to serve as scientific and chief editor at the Academy of Sciences, as well as directing the journal, Book Club.
He has been published in a number of leading literary journals, both Russian and foreign. His novel, The Vital Needs of the Dead, was published in 1999 in the journal New World (Новый Мир) and subsequently translated into English, German and French. In 2002 Sakhnovsky was awarded a Fellowship by the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers (UK). Since then, he has been a finalist for both the National Bestseller Prize (2006) and the Russian Booker Prize (2007), among numerous other awards.
In 2008 his novel, The Man Who Knew Everything, was turned into a screenplay (directed by V. Mirzoyev).