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Margarita Khemlin

Author, Russian
Margarita Khemlin (1960–2015) wrote novels and stories about her native Ukraine, focusing on Jewish themes and characters as she explored the legacy of World War II and Soviet policies. Khemlin, who studied at the Gorky Literary Institute and worked as a journalist, wrote with dark humor, often using language infused with a Soviet-era twang. Two of Khemlin’s books—a short story collection called The Living Line and her first novel, Klotsvog—were shortlisted for, respectively, the 2008 Big Book and the 2010 Russian Booker awards. Her novel, The Investigator (translation by Melanie Moore, Glagoslav Publications 2015), takes place in 1950s Ukraine and involves a murder investigation. (Photo credit: Read Russia)