Olga Grjasnowa was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1984 and grew up in the Caucasus. She has spent many years living abroad in Poland, Russia, Israel and Turkey. She is a graduate of the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig. In 2011 she was awarded the European Border Crossers Prize by the Robert Bosch Foundation. Her celebrated and bestselling debut novel Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt (Hanser) (All Russians Love Birch Trees, publ. in English by Other Press 2014) was awarded the Klaus-Michael Kühne Prize and the Anna Seghers Prize in 2012. In 2014 Hanser Verlag published her second novel The Legal Haziness of a Marriage, which won the Adelbert von Chamisso Promotional Prize. Both novels have been adapted for the stage and will be adapted for cinema soon. Her most recent publication is God Is Not Shy (Aufbau 2017). Olga Grjasnowa was a writer in residence in Istanbul, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, and Lenzburg in Switzerland. She lives with her family in Berlin.