Mikhail Shishkin was born 1961 in Moscow, he worked as a school teacher and journalist. In 1995 he moved to Switzerland, where he worked as a Russian and German translator within the Immigration Department and specifically with Asylum Seekers. In recent years he shares his time between Moscow, Berlin and Switzerland.
Mikhail Shishkin is the only writer who received all three the most important and prestigious Russia´s literary awards: the Russian Booker Prize (2000), The National Bestseller Prize (2006) and The Big Book Prize (2006, 2011). All of his novels have been adapted for Stage Production in Russia. His books have been translated into 30 languages.