Lyudmila Petrushevskaya is the most outstanding author of contemporary Russian literature. He born in 1938 in Moscow city where he still resides. Painter, playwright and singer of his own songs in some small theaters and cabarets Moscow, has published fifteen collections of short stories and several novels, such as night time (1992) and Svoi Krug, considered a modern classic on the withdrawal of the Soviet intelligentsia in last decade of the communist era. The recognition came late. In 2003 he received, at age 65, the most prestigious national award of the Russian letters. The following year he was awarded the Pushkin Prize; in 2004, the Russian State Prize for the Arts, and in 2005, with the Stanislavski Award. Since then his work has been translated into more than thirty languages and his plays represented worldwide. In 2010 he won the US World Fantasy Award for the work now published Atalanta.