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Yuri Druzhnikov is the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction. Blacklisted until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the first edition of Angels on the Head of a Pin sold a quarter of a million copies and was deemed one of the ten best Russian novels of the century at the 1999 Warsaw Conference. In 2001 the author was put forward by Poland for the Nobel Prize. He emigrated to the USA in 1987 and taught at the University of California at Davis until his death in 2008.