Maya Kucherskaya (writer)

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Maya Alexandrovna Kucherskaya
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BornMay 2, 1970 (52)
Moscow, USSR
CitizenshipUSSR, Russia
Alma materMoscow State University (1997), UCLA (1999)

Maya Alexandrovna Kucherskaya (Russian language: Ма́йя Алекса́ндровна Куче́рская; born May 2, 1970 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a Russian fiction writer, columnist, critic and pedagogue.[1]

She has earned degrees in Philology and Russian Literature (Moscow State University, 1997), as well as a Doctorate in Cultural Studies (University of California, Los Angeles, 1999). She is a professor of Philology and head of the School of Literary Excellence at the Higher School of Economics, as well as the recipient of multiple awards, such as the "Big Book Award" (2013, 2021), the Bunin Prize (2007), and Booker Award (2007). She has earned the title of "Best Teacher" multiple times at HSE.[2]

Her academic interests include Russian history and popular culture of the 18th and 19th centuries, contemporary literature, and the mythology of mass consciousness.


In 2005, she published a bestseller, Modern Patericon, and in 2007, her reworking of her doctoral thesis, re-titled "The Rain God", won her the Booker Award.

In 2014, she published a collection of short stories titled "Lamentations for the Departed Art Teacher". In an interview with Gazeta, she said about the series, “it turned out to be a strange family, as if all these texts were from the same mother, but from different fathers. An absurdist father, an avant-garde father, a harsh realist father, a faceless father who ran away after the first date, and the child turned out to be raised by a single mother."[3]

She recently published a biography of Nikolai Leskov.


  • Kucherskaya, M.A. Modern Patericon: Readings for the Despondent (2005)[4]
  • Kucherskaya, M.A. The Rain God ("Бог дождя"), 2007.
  • Kucherskaya, M.A. Leskov, a Missed Genius. "Молодая гвардия", 2021.


  1. "AUT - Úplné zobrazení záznamu". Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  2. "Maya A. Kucherskaya". Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  3. "«Это не про православие, это про нас»". Газета.Ru (in русский). Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  4. "Современный патерик. Чтение для впавших в уныние (М. А. Кучерская) | МногоСлов.рф". Retrieved 2022-05-11.

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