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 acclaimed debut novel ‘Sergeant Bertrand’ has become a classic, reaching millions of readers worldwide. Portrait of an Unknown Girl is a captivating coming-of-age novel set in the final decades of Soviet rule.