Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, a former actress and a former psychiatrist, are the co-authors of Vita Nostra and twenty-eight other novels and numerous short stories and screenplays. They were born in Ukraine, lived in Russia, and now live in the United States. Their books have been translated into several foreign languages and awarded multiple literary and film prizes, including the 2005 Eurocon Award for Best Authors. They live in Marina Del Rey, California. Julia Meitov Hersey is the translator of Vita Nostra. Born in Moscow, she studied journalism at Moscow State University. At the age of nineteen she moved to Boston, and now lives on a beautiful peninsula north of the city. Currently, she is working on translating other Dyachenko novels into English.
Vita Nostra-a cross between Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian . . . is the anti-Harry Potter you didn't know you wanted. - Washington Post on Vita Nostra Vita Nostra has become a powerful influence on my own writing. It's a book that has the potential to become a modern classic of its genre, and I couldn't be more excited to see it get the global audience in English it so richly deserves. -Lev Grossman on Vita Nostra