Viktor Yerofeyev, writer. Виктор Ерофеев, писатель. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Viktor Yerofeyev is a Russian writer famous for his “anti-socialist realism” style, one of the most prominent examples of which is his book “Life With An Idiot”. It is this book which inspired famous composer Alfred Schnittke to write a namesake opera that was premiered in Amsterdam in 1992.

Another novel of Yerofeyev – “Russian Beauty” – won him a reputation in the West as a Russian writer who was bold to the point of physiological vulgarity.

This portrait of him was commissioned by Polish men’s magazine MALEMAN to go with an interview with Yerofeyev about the Polish literature and culture, which he had a good knowledge of after spending many years there with his Polish wife.

Sasha Krasnov