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Welcome to the website of Alexandra Popoff. My latest book is a biography of the Russian-Jewish writer Vasily Grossman (the author of Life and Fate).

I began my career as a journalist working in Moscow. As a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow I wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. Over the years I’ve contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and other newspapers and outlets.

My expertise is in world literature: I was educated in Moscow’s Gorky Literary Institute, the University of Toronto, and the University of Saskatchewan where I also taught Russian literature and history. I live in Canada.

Watch my recent presentation on Vasily Grossman panel at Harvard’s Davis Center: