Author: Boris Akunin
Translator: Andrew Bromfield
UK publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson / The Orion Publishing Group
Original language: Russian
Peter Frankopan, EBRD Literature Prize judge: “A riotous and thrilling crime novel in which Erast Fandorin is in his usual ebullient form trying to solve one puzzle after another. Many compare Akunin to Gogol – and it is easy to see why. Technicolour madness in all its glory, vividly translated by Bromfield.”
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He writes detective stories and historical fiction. He is also an expert on Japanese, American and English literature. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over eighteen million copies in Russia alone. He lives in London.
Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Bromfield is a translator of Russian literature and an editor and co-founder of the literary journal Glas. He has also translated Pelevin, Voinovich, Kharms, and many other prominent Russian writers.