Vadim Levental was born in Leningrad in 1981. He graduated from the philological department of St. Petersburg State University. As a literary critic he contributed to publications such as St. Petersburg Vedomosti, Izvestia and Sol'. His prose has been published in literary magazines and several anthologies of short fiction. He's an editor at a Russian publishing house and is currentyl working on his PhD. Levental lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and son.