Boris Akunin: a brief biography

Starting conditions

 Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili came to light on May 20, 1956 in an ordinary Soviet family. The parents at that time lived in the small Georgian town of Zestafoni. Father personnel officer carried service in the artillery forces. Her mother taught Russian language and literature. Two years later, the head of the family was transferred to Moscow. The child grew up and developed in a creative environment. The house had a good library. Grisha learned to read early and began choosing books standing on the lower shelves. The boy grew and over time the volumes at the top became available to him.

In a school with advanced English studies, the future writer studied well. Already in third grade, he read the cult novel “The Master and Margarita.” A year later he took up the book “War and Peace” by Lev Tolstov. Gregory’s favorite subject was geography. He was once commissioned to prepare an abstract on Japan and Tunisia. The diligent student conscientiously prepared for this work and reviewed all the materials on the subject that ended up in the school library. His abstract turned out to be the best in class.

Writing career

After graduating from school, Chkhartishvili decided to get a profile education on the historical- Faculty of Philology of the Institute of Asia and Africa. He was given his studies easily. In addition to the main load, he studied Japanese thoroughly. On holidays he worked as a tour guide at the hotel “Intourist”. Tourists from Japan were delighted with his informative and figurative excursions. Grigory spent two semesters at the University of Tokyo under the student exchange program. After completing his studies, he worked for several years in the publishing house “Russian Language”, where he was engaged in translations of literary works from English and Japanese.

In 1998, Boris Akunin’s first book was published. It was the kind of pseudonym that he chose to sign his works of fiction. Why Akunin chose the detective genre remains a mystery. But it was these books that brought him notoriety. The writer worked like a well-debugged machine. A literary character named Erast Petrovich Fandorin became a rolling hero of a large series of novels — “Diamond Chariot”, “Turkish Gambit”, “Black City”, “Decorator” and others. In 2013, the first volume of “History of the Russian State” was published edited by the writer.

Recognition and personal life

The creative achievements of Boris Akunin have been repeatedly celebrated with various prizes and prizes. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for the development of cultural ties between Russia and Japan.

The writer tries not to publicize his personal life. He is known to be twice married. Boris’s first wife was a Japanese citizen who took a training course at Moscow State University. After a while, they broke up. After that, the spouse of the mastitious writer became Erika Voronova, a professional proofreader and editor. Today, they live and work in close collaboration. The couple has no children.

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