Olga Grjasnowa was born in 1984, in Baku, Azerbaijan, to a Jewish family. After spending her early childhood in the Caucasus, she moved to Germany at the age of 11. She studied art history and Slavonic languages in Göttingen and creative writing at the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig. After lengthy periods of residence in Moscow, Warsaw and Tel Aviv, she started academic studies of dance at the Berlin Free University. In 2011, she was awarded a Grenzgänger Fellowship by the Robert Bosch Foundation. She published her first novel “Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt” in 2012, with Hanser Verlag. For this she received the Klaus-Michael Kühne Award, a Hermann-Lenz Fellowship and the Anna Seghers Award. This was followed in 2014 by a road novel, “Die Juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe”, for which she had received support in the form of a Berlin Senate Literature Fellowship, and which won her the Chamisso Promotion Prize. Both novels have been adapted for the stage and performed at the Maxim Gorki Theatre. From June 2016 until the end of this year, Olga Grjasnowa is living in Istanbul, with a fellowship from the Tarabya Cultural Academy.
- Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe. Roman, Hanser, München, 2014
- Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt. Roman, Hanser, München, 2012
She has not yet published any books in Turkish.