Aleksandr Skorobogatov (b. 1963), one of the most original Russian writers of the post-communist era, has lived in Antwerp since the 1990s. He has written short stories, essays and novels. His work boasts the most wondrous, absurd and violent plot twists and is full of long, meandering sentences. He is seen by many as an heir to Dostoevsky, Gogol, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Pelevin, and Sorokin – the surreal line of the Russian literary canon.