Victor Jerofeyew was born in Moscow in 1947. He studied literature and linguistics at Lomonossow University and then became a researcher at the Gorky Insitute of World Literature in Moscow. There he finished his PhD with a thesis on Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the French Existentialism in 1975. After finishing his studies, Erofeyev began his literary career. His first novel, Russian Beauty (1990), was an international success and was translated in 27 languages. Since then, Erofeyev has published a number of critically acclaimed novels, essays, short stories and travel reportages like The Last Judgement (1997) and The Good Stalin (2004). From 2001 until 2011 he was Professor for Literature at the International University in Moscow.
Jerofeyew is regarded as one of the best known contemporary Russian authors and as an astute observer of Russian politics. He is a regular contributor to renowned newspapers such as Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the New York Times. His last novel that was translated into German was Die Akimuden, a satire novel about Russia. Jerofeyew lives in Moscow.