Tatyana Tolstaya was born into a family of rich literary tradition that included Leo Tolstoy and Aleksei Tolstoy. Her short story collections are On the Golden Porch, Sleepwalker in a Fog and White Walls. She is the author of a novel, The Slynx, and Pushkin’s Children: Writings on Russia and Russians, a collection of essays. She has written for the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, and for twelve years was the co-host of The School for Scandal, a popular Russian talk show covering culture and politics. She lives in Moscow.