Alexander Snegiryov was born in 1980 in Moscow. He has a degree in Political Science but currently works in construction design. He was awarded the Debut Prize for his collected stories Russian Rhymes (2005). His short novel How We Bombed America won the Crown Prize of the Writers’ Union in 2007. In 2009, Petroleum Venus was shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize, nominated for the Russian Booker, and was on the OZON.RU bestseller list for a year. His next novel, Vanity, was named the best book of 2010. Petroleum Venus will be published in English translation by Glas in the Spring of 2013.