Finding the lifeboat gets you to the island but then you have to build your world once you land. - Matt Criscuola

Fais ce que dois, advienne que pourra.

Greetings, wanderer.

My name is Ivan.

I write fiction, essays, sometimes review films and books, and translate old Russian texts. In my work, I explore contemporary and near-future problems often dissecting them from whimsical and darkly comical angles.

I love literature, stylised prose, allegories, absurd and satire, weirdo characters talking and thinking out loud, magic realism, a mixture of real and surreal. These things have been influencing me a lot and perhaps some of them could be traced in my work, too. But this will be up to you to decide.

If you like the idea of reading something like I described above, … well, you know what to do.

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My current focus is short fiction but you can find all my work on my website.

If you don’t know where to start…

here are four short stories:

and three essays:

and two translations (from Russian):

The best way to contact me is to write an email (