Andrei Gelasimov became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story, A Tender Age, which he published on the Internet, was awarded a prize for the best debut. It went on to garner the Apollon-Grigorev and the Belkin prizes, as well, and his novels have been consistently met with critical and popular success in Russia and throughout Europe.
Gelasimov was born in Irkutsk in 1965 and studied foreign languages at the Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. "Thirst" is his first book published in English, followed by three others - all translated by Marian Schwartz - including Gods of the Steppe, which won the 2009 "Big Book" Russian National Bestseller award. Gelasimov won the Best Screenplay and Best First Film awards at the 2013 Honfleur Film Festival for the film adaptation of "Thirst".