Born in Irkutsk.
Graduate of Yakutsk State University with a Ph.D. in Philology, from State Institute of Theater Arts (GITIS) with a degree in directing. Received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Moscow Pedagogical University.
Andrei Gelasimov was first published in the 1990s, as the Russian translator of Robin Cook’s Sphinx. He broke onto the literary scene in 2002 with his widely-praised story The Tender Age, which came out in the Oktyabr journal after being published online. Since 2010, five Russian feature films or miniseries have been based on his fiction, including the 2013 film Thirst, which won multiple prizes and was hailed by critics as one of the best Russian films of the year. Gelasimov’s last two novels of the 2010s, Windrose and Innocent Intoxication (a.k.a. Daddy Wassup) continued breaking new ground, with Windrose set in the Russian Far East of the nineteenth century and Innocent Intoxication involving, among other topics, rap, drugs, and immortality. Gelasimov landed the coveted position of writer for Total Dictation text in 2020.