FIFTH WAVE OFFERS A PLATFORM FOR THE FREE AND INDEPENDENT RUSSIAN VOICE. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE BY LITERARY AUTHORS FROM RUSSIA AND ABROAD WHO ARE UNITED IN THEIR REJECTION OF WAR AND TOTALITARIANISM.
— poet, essayist. Born in 1948 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute and worked as an architect-restorer. He was published in foreign and Russian literary periodicals, almanacs and anthologies. In 1988-1991 he was a member of the literary group Almanac. Aizenberg wrote eleven books of poems, five books of articles and essays, a book of poems and essays Switching to Summer Time (Moscow, 2008) and a book of prose This is Here (Moscow, 2021). Aizenberg’s poems and essays have been translated into major European languages; two books have been published in English and one in Italian. Laureate of the Znamya magazine prize (2001), Andrei Bely Prize (2003), Moscow Account Grand Prize (2016 and 2017). Fellow of the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Foundation in 2002. He lives in Moscow.
— born in 1982, received his musical education at Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory College, Gnesins’ Academy of
Music, and at the Frankfurt Higher School of Music. From 2004 to 2014 he collaborated with the Musica Aeterna orchestra conducted by T. Currentzis, took part in the recordings of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2006, Alpha), Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte (2013, Sony Classical), Rameau’s The Sound of Light (2011, Sony Classical), performances of Wozzeck by A. Berg directed by Dm. Chernyakov (Bolshoi Theatre, 2010) and Purcell’s The Indian Queen staged by P. Sellars for the Mezzo tv. Author of the monograph Introduction to the Analysis of Musical Forms. New Experience of Music Theory (Moscow, Avtorskaya kniga, 2014). The book has been translated into English and published in the usa. Since 2014 Antipov has been writing music, his compositions have been published in Europe, Japan and the usa. He is engaged in mountain climbing, participated in speleological expeditions, worked for a long time on installation works of the highest category of complexity as an industrial climber. Since 2016 he lives in Germany.
— painter, prose writer, poet. Author of the books Light of Bonnard, Snow is Falling, A Bird is Flying, Say Red, My Friend Benjamin and others. Laureate of the literary competition in memory of the poet Uri Zvi Grinberg in the nomination ‘Poetry’ (2009), finalist of the Andrei Bely Prize (2010, collection of stories Angel Hoffmann and Others), ‘Manuscript of the Year’ (2011, ‘Floating on the Waves’), ‘Nonconformism’ (2014). Laureate of the Vladimir Korolenko Prize (2017, book The Color of Pomegranate, Taste of Lemon), the Ernest Hemingway Prize (New World, Toronto,
2020) and Mark Aldanov Prize (New Journal, New York, 2021). In 2022, the prose collections Patarag (publishing house of Oleg Fedorov, Kyiv) and The Eve of the Last Saturday (ast, Moscow) were published. She lives in Kyiv.
— born in 1964. Poet, tv presenter, graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute. He worked for an ambulance and in the Moscow Branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Author of a book of palindromes and six books of poetry. He made a new translation of the songs of B. Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera at the Moscow Art Theater (directed by Kirill Serebrennikov). Laureate of the ‘Moscow Account’ Grand Prize (2007) and the Poetry prize (2020). He lives in Moscow.
— born in 1970. He is the author of ten novels, four collections of essays, two collections of short stories and five books of poetry. Winner of many awards, including the magazines’ Novy Mir (2005) and Znamya (2011), the Yuri Kazakov Prize for the best short story (2005), the Russian Booker Prize for the novel Matisse (2007), the Russian National Prize ‘Big Book’ for the novels Persus (2010) and The Newton’s Drawing (2020), Israeli
Yuri Stern Prize (2015). Work on his doctoral project ‘The Biblical revelation of Vasily Polenov’ is carried out under the guidance of
professors Roman Timenchik and Alexander Kulik at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His recent works – a collection of stories
From the Ship’s Log and the novel Plato’s Bodies – will be released in 2023. He lives in Israel.
— born in 1967. Doctor of Philology, writer, winner of the Big Book Prize (2019), finalist of the Enlightener Prize (2019), author of about 800 publications. His books were translated into English and Serbian. Lekmanov worked at the Institute of World Literature, taught at Moscow State University, the Russian State Humanitarian University, as well as at the Faculty of Humanities of the Higher School of Economics. In April 2022, in protest against the war unleashed by the Russian Federation with independent Ukraine, he temporarily left Russia. Currently, he is a professor
at the Department of Foreign Literature at the Mirzo Ulugbek National University of Uzbekistan.
— philologist, and specialist in ancient Greek literature. Born in 1970 in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow State University, taught at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Higher School of Economics and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Doctor of Philology. In 2019-2022 Nikolsky was a head of the Department of Ancient Literature of the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Author of Misery and Forgiveness in Euripides (Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2015) and articles
on Greek tragedy, comedy and philosophical prose. In March 2022, he left Russia, and now lives in Yerevan and Lyon, works at the Yerevan Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadarand) and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
is a Russian writer and cardiologist. He was born in 1963 in Moscow. In the early 1990s he was a research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, before returning to Moscow, where he continued to practice medicine and also founded a publishing house that specialized in medical, musical, and theological texts. In 2005, while working at a local hospital in Tarusa, a small town ninety miles from Moscow, Osipov established a charitable foundation to ensure the hospital’s survival. Since 2007, he has published short stories, novellas, essays, and plays, and has won a number of literary prizes for his fiction. He has published six collections of prose, and his plays have been staged all across Russia. Osipov’s writings have been translated into 20 languages. Two collections of Osipov’s stories and essays in English were published by The New York Review of Books in 2019 and 2022. He lived in Tarusa up until February 2022; after Russia invaded Ukraine Osipov moved to Germany. Now he lives in Amsterdam and teaches Russian literature at Leiden University
— born in 1959 in Moscow. Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages. Author of poetry books The Cover (1993), Grass and Smoke (2002), Between the Cupboard and the Sky (2009), What Does the Beam Mean (2010), The Glass Laughs, the Cigarette Sobs (2015), Home Performances (2015), Bird (2018), Dad on the Phone (2020), What is Paris? Aim Higher (2020), as well as translations of poetry and prose (M. Cunningham, I. Bashevis Singer, Bruce Chatwin and others). Laureate of multiple literary awards, including the Prize of the Union of Writers of Moscow ‘The Crown’ (2004), the Grand Prize ‘Moscow Account’ (2009), the prize-scholarship of the Joseph Brodsky Foundation
(2011), the prize ‘Poetry’ (2019). Participant of many poetry festivals and events in Russia and abroad. Vedenyapin’s poems have been translated into English, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, French, Chinese, Japanese, Czech, Estonian and other languages. He conducts a cycle of online meetings ‘Man in Other People’ at the Boris Pasternak House-Museum in Peredelkino. He lives in Paris.