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Marina Palei is a Russian novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. After completing studies in epidemiology at the Leningrad Institute of Medicine, she enrolled in the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute and began publishing fiction and literary criticism. In the late 1980s, she became involved with the Russian dissident movement and in 1995 emigrated to the Netherlands, yet continued to publish in Russia. Her novella, Cabiria of the Bypass Canal, was first published in the journal Novy Mir in 1991 to widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize. Her work has been translated into more than 13 languages.