Marina Stepnova

Marina Stepnova

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Marina Stepnova began publishing fiction—short stories—in prestigious “thick” literary journals in 2003. Her debut novel, The Surgeon, was published in 2005 then re-released in 2012 after her second novel, The Women of Lazarus, won two third prizes from the Big Book Award’s jury members and voting readers. The Women of Lazarus tells, through the lives of three generations of women, the story of a Soviet-era mathematician working on high-level projects in a remote city: Stepnova’s contemporary version of the family saga genre combines history, family relationships, love, Biblical references, and all manner of unpleasantries. The Surgeon weaves together plotlines about a modern-day plastic surgeon and an eleventh-century prophet and founder of an Islamic state.