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Elena Chizhova was born on 1957 in Leningrad, Soviet Union, is a Novelist. Discover Elena Chizhova's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 66 years old?

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Occupation Novelist
Age 66 years old
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Born 1957, 1957
Birthday 1957
Birthplace Leningrad, Soviet Union
Nationality Russia

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Chizhova was married to the historian Valery Vozgrin [ru], with whom she has two daughters, until his death in 2020.


In 2019, Chizhova drew controversy in Russia when she wrote an article, tied to her new family memoir Gorod, napisannyy po pamyati, arguing that Stalin shares blame with Hitler for the Siege of Leningrad. Her memoir details her family's own experience during the siege, in which almost a million civilians died, many starving to death. In equating Stalin and Hitler, arguing that Stalin failed to help the people of Leningrad due to a personal vendetta, she was accused of "rehabilitation of Nazism." The backlash came from both general readers and the Russian government, with members of the Federal Assembly launching a campaign against her, and she faced a criminal investigation into her statement.


Chizhova has since published several more novels, including Terrakotovaya starukha ("The Terracotta Old Woman") in 2011, Planeta gribov ("Mushroom Planet") in 2013, and Kitaist ("The China Specialist") in 2017. In 2018, her debut novel Kroshki Tsakhes was released in English translation by Carol Ermakova as Little Zinnobers.


Then, her 2009 novel Vremia zhenshchin won that year's Russian Booker Prize, making Chizhova one of only five female winners in the prize's history. It had not been expected to win, dismissed by one critic as "cemetery erotica." Set in Leningrad, the book centers on Russian women's efforts to quietly resist and keep the memory of loved ones alive in the post-World War II period, and it explores the legacy of the Soviet Union. The relatively short novel features multiple intertwining points of view, creating significant narrative complexity. Simon Patterson and Nina Chorda translated Vremia zhenshchin into English in 2012 as The Time of Women [ru]. The novel has also been adapted into a stage play.


After the cruise ship incident, Chizhova dedicated herself to writing novels and short stories. In 2000, she published her first novel, Kroshki Tsakhes, which debuted in the magazine Zvezda. It tells the story of a student's recollections of her brilliant and demanding teacher, and a offers a contemplation on the meaning of art. Her subsequent novels were both nominated for the Russian Booker Prize: Lavra ("The Monastery") in 2003 and Prestupnitsa ("The Criminal") in 2005.


In 1996, she was rescued from a cruise ship that had caught fire off the coast of Turkey. After she spent six hours stuck in her cabin while waiting to see if she would be rescued, she decided to make a major life change and become a full-time writer. "I understood that I had done a lot in my life, but none of it was right. And when we were saved, I decided to throw it all away and sit and write," she later told the New York Times.


After finishing secondary school, Chizhova attended Herzen University in Leningrad. Having trained as an economist, she taught and worked as a researcher at an economics institute, but she had an interest in literature as well, conducing literary research and writing poetry in her spare time. Then, in the 1990s, she worked as an English teacher and entrepreneur, and as a corporate assistant at a furniture factory. But she continued to write, producing various poems and plays, as well as some works of literary criticism.


Elena Semenovna Chizhova (Russian: Еле́на Семёновна Чижо́ва; born 1957) is a Russian writer, whose work is characterized by its reexamination of Russian history and society. She is best known for her 2009 novel Vremia zhenshchin, which won that year's Russian Booker Prize. Vremia zhenshchin was translated into English in 2012 as The Time of Women.

Elena Chizhova was born in 1957 in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her father's side of the family was Jewish.