Robert Dessaix was born in Sydney in 1944 and studied Russian and Literature at the Australian National University in Canberra.
He was the producer and presenter of ABC Radio National's Books and Writing program from 1985 to 1995 and in 1994, published A Mother's Disgrace to critical acclaim. His 1996 best-selling first novel, Night Letters, won the ABA Book of the Year Award and the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal. A selection of Robertís short fiction, essays and journalism was published to rave reviews and won the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies H.T. Priestley medal in 1998.
His most recent book is Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2005.
Robert Dessaix will be appearing:
Under Stalin, the official culture gorged itself on great fat lies
The poetry of Anna Akhmatova