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Marina Stepnova is an acclaimed prose and script writer. Her debut novel, The Surgeon (2005), was nominated for the National Bestseller Prize. Her 2011 novel, The Women of Lazarus, became an unprecedented publishing success with literary critics and the public at large; it went on to receive the Big Book Award and became a finalist for the National Bestseller Prize, the Russian Booker Prize and numerous literary awards. Stepnova is currently editor-in-chief of the men’s magazine XXL. She lives with her family in Moscow, where she is at work on her next novel.