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Tatyana Platonova


First Language(s): Russian
Second Language(s): English, Polish


Tatyana Platonova (nee Myalkina), a writer and a poet born in 1998, Moscow, Russia. Graduated from the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (2020). In 2023, she published a Russian-language collection of anti-war poetry Antipozharny oghon on syg.ma. She keeps a personal blog in Telegram “hiraeth am saudade.”


What was your favorite book as a child?

My first favorite book as a child was The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I was terribly proud of having read a book that Russian schools usually read only in high school! And, of course, I was incredibly carried away by the mystical and deep atmosphere of the novel.

What was the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

Since childhood, I have dreamed of changing the whole world with my literary works. Of course, it was a naive dream, but I still want to leave my mark on the history of literature and make this world a little bit better. Hope one day I will succeed.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Once upon a time, I flew an airplane and even controlled it! Observing the earth from a bird's-eye view... Oh, it was the most adventurous day of my life.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I can't listen to music either while reading or while writing. I like to completely immerse myself in my favorite job, and any distraction is really annoying for me. However, occasionally I can listen to music in parallel, but only some unobtrusive neoclassical like Joep Beving.


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