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Larisa Gureyeva (Russia)

Larisa Molotova-Koroleva (pen-name Larisa Gureyeva) was born in May 1950 in Moscow, the granddaughter of Vyacheslav M. Molotov-Skryabin, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union from 1930-1939, then Foreign Secretary from 1939-1949 and 1953-1956. She began studying English at the age of eight, and graduated in English Philology and Literature at Moscow State University, before writing a postgraduate dissertation on Jane Austen and Iris Murdoch.

Her published work includes poetry (The Stone Garden(, Moscow, 2001) and numerous translations of poetry, fiction, history and memoires. Her translation of (Love Story( (Moscow, 1990) went through three editions. At the time of publication, she is involved in a new publishing project, (Dolinskaya Storona(, which deals with the history of Vyatka (formerly Kirov), the Russian region close to the Urals. She is specialising in research on several dynasties of 18th and 19th century merchant families there. Since 1979 she has been a member of the Moscow Writers' Committee, and she has been vice-chairperson of its poetry section since 1994. In February 1991, and again in April 1994, she visited the British Centre for Literary Translation (Norwich) as a recipient of bursaries.

Larisa Gureyeva's other interests include modern art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, and the Symbolists) and music. She is married to Sergei Korolev, a prominent heart surgeon.