2019

Anna Matveeva

Writer, journalist, editor

Yekaterinburg (Russia)

From November 22 to November 29, 2019

Biography —

Wiedling

Anna Matveeva is a Russian writer. She was born in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) in the Urals, into a family of linguists and, after completing her studies at the Ural State University, she worked as a journalist for newspapers and magazines. 

Anna has published 18 books (fiction and non-fiction) and contributed for most leading Russian periodicals. Translated to Italian, French, English, Finnish, Czech, Polish, Chinese etc. And she has won several awards.

Project at Faber —

I am planning to complete work on my new novel (its working title is Every Hundred Years) is based on the life story of my grandmother, Xenia Levshina. She was born in 1885 in Poland and lived an extremely interesting and complicated life, in which there were a lot of trials. Throughout her life, starting from the age of fifteen until her death, she kept diaries, the last ones being written in French, because my grandmother was a teacher of French, a founder of the department of foreign languages ​​at the Sverdlovsk Mining Institute, and even a military translator. The novel will be based on these documents, as well as on the letters and other documents from the family archive that I inherited from my father and, as with my previous novels, will be written in a genre at the crossroads between fiction and non-fiction.