Biography of the writer Daria Dontsova

The real name of Daria Dontsova, the legislator of the “ironic detective” genre in Russian literature, is Agrippina. She received such an unusual name in honor of her grandmother.

Daria Dontsova: biography and personal life of the writer

Looking at the photo of this fragile, smiling woman, one involuntarily asks the question: “How old is Daria Dontsova?” -, and the answer is even more surprising, because the writer does not look at her age at all.

Daria Arkadyevna was born in Moscow on June 7, 1952 in an intelligent creative family. Her parents were not officially married at that time, since her father, writer Arkady Vasiliev, was not yet divorced. Daria’s father was a famous person, his novels “Comrade Arseny”, “Monday is a hard day” were filmed, he worked in the Moscow branch of the Writers’ Union. The girl’s mother, Novatskaya Tamara Stepanovna, worked at the Mosconcert, as a director.


Even before school, little Dasha’s education was entrusted to two nannies – an ethnic German and a Frenchwoman, thanks to which she mastered both languages ​​perfectly.

Daria-Agrippina always loved to write, she even chose the journalism faculty of Moscow State University. Lomonosov, which she successfully graduated in 1974.

For two years, the writer worked in the Soviet consulate as a translator from French in Syria. For the next long period of almost 10 years, she worked in the newspaper “Evening Moscow”, and then in the Moscow magazine “Otchizna”. In the difficult times of perestroika, she had to retrain as a tutor, knowledge of languages ​​came in handy, she taught the children German and French. As Daria Dontsova said, children, communication with them is not difficult, it is difficult to move around the city all day while staying on your feet.

Daria Dontsova


The writer made three attempts to create a strong family, but only her third marriage in 1983 with Alexander Dontsov turned out to be successful and durable. Daria Arkadyevna’s husband is Doctor of Science, Professor, Academician, Head of the Psychology Department of Moscow State University. MV Lomonosov, he with love and kindness supported the writer during the fight against cancer.


Arkady, born in 1972, son from the first marriage of the writer, married, has a son Nikita, grandson of Darya Arkadyevna.

Maria, born in 1986 – the daughter of Alexander Dontsov, a psychologist by training, loves to travel, makes purchases in foreign stores for Russian boutiques, forms the style of the mother’s images. She is also engaged in interior design, she created the design of a country house herself. Maria has a son, Misha, the second grandson of the writer.

Fighting breast cancer

A difficult test fell on the fate of the writer in the form of oncology, with which she successfully fought in 1998. It was during the difficult days in the hospital that, in order to distract himself, the first novel “Cool heirs” was written, and then the rest, published by the publishing house “Eksmo”. The detectives won the love of the reader and became incredibly popular. Daria Dontsova has not used her real name and surname since 1999, when she took a pseudonym.

The writer has released a series of books, more than 200 detective novels, 200 million copies, each with unique protagonists such as Viola Tarakanova, Dasha Vasilyeva, Stepanida Kozlova. She also has a book about her illness, about how a person who has survived oncology lives on.

Serials are shot based on her books, more than 10 times, she was awarded the “Writer of the Year” award and others.

The life of the writer Daria Dontsova, her biography – teaches that it is never too late to drastically change your life, an example of how to make your dream come true, and to meet and overcome life’s difficulties with dignity.