Portrait Viktor Jerofejew
© Ali Ghandtschi

Guest 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2021.


Die Moskauer Schönheit
S. Fischer
Frankfurt a. M., 1990
[Ü: Beate Rausch]

Der gute Stalin
Berlin Verlag
Berlin, 2004
[Ü: Beate Rausch]

Russische Apokalypse
Berlin Verlag
Berlin, 2009
[Ü: Beate Rausch]

Die Akimuden
Ein nichtmenschlicher Roman
Hanser Berlin
Berlin, 2013
[Ü: Beate Rausch]

de profundis
In: Russland erzählt
eBook Berlin
Berlin, 2014

Rosowaja mysch
Ripol Klassik
Moskau, 2017

Ripol Klassik
Moskau, 2018

Enzyklopädie der russischen Seele
Matthes & Seitz
Berlin, 2021
[Ü: Beate Rausch]

Viktor Jerofejew [ Russia ]

Viktor Yerofeyev was born in Moscow in 1947. His father was an interpreter for Vyacheslav Molotov, among others, and later in life was also the Soviet ambassador in France. Yerofeyev studied philology and linguistics at Lomonsov University in Moscow and received his doctorate on Dostoyevsky and French existentialism. In 1979, he collaborated on compiling the literary almanac »Metropol«, which caused a political scandal when it was released resulting in Yerofeyev’s expulsion from the writers’ association of the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yerofeyev re-released the almanac, which he referred to as an »X-ray machine that scanned the whole of society«, in a series of anthologies.
His debut novel »Russkaja krasavica« (1989; Eng. »Russian Beauty«, 1990) depicts with ambiguous humor the rise of a Russian femme fatale from the provinces to Moscow’s privileged circles through naivety and calculation. The sometimes grotesque analysis of society became a bestseller. In »Choroschi Stalin« (2004; Eng. »Good Stalin«) Erofeyev reflects on the power structures that prevailed under Stalin, particularly in the entourage of consultants, translators and diplomats to which his father also belonged. The novel-like autobiography ultimately illustrates how artistic and political freedom mutually dependent. He also dissects contemporary Russia, of which he is often a controversial critic, in the essay collection »Russkij apokalipsis« (2005; Eng. »Russin Apocalypse«, 2009), which brings together 55 of his texts from a period of 15 years resulting in an often bitingly commented chronicle.
In the satirical and surreal political parable novel »Akimudy« (2012) raises the dead and escalates the tense relations between Russia and the fictitious state that end in a crucifixion on the Red Square. In 2014, his story »de profundis« (tr: From the Depths), about the beauty and abysses of the Russian soul, was included in the e-book bundle »Russland erzählt« (tr: Russia Tells). After the adult fairy tale »Rosowaja mysch« (2017; tr: The Pink Mouse), his essay collection »Schtschel« (tr: The Gap) was published in 2018. The book contains documentary records and literary texts about the nature of man and creativity, about freedom and loneliness, and about the peculiarities of several literary works. The title derives from the author's conviction that every Russian secretly has a gap in their soul through which they observes the world and communicates directly with God.
Yerofeyev also works as a moderator and regularly writes essays, columns, and reports for the features pages, including for the »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«, »Die Zeit«, »Die Welt« and die »New York Times Book Review«. He lives in Moscow.