born in Kiev in 1970. Katja Petrowskaja studied Literature in Tartu, Estonia. She obtained her PhD in Moscow. She wrote for the cultural pages of Russian newspapers and radio programmes, and is the author of the »FAS« column »The West Eastern Diva« today. She is a co-founder of the »Kiev Talks«, and won the Bachmann Award in 2013. Her first novel »Vielleicht Esther« (tr.: Perhaps Esther) will be published in March 2014. Katja Petrowskaja lives in Berlin.