Juliet Butler has worked in Russia and the UK as a journalist and translator for a number of organisations. She knew the twins, Masha and Dasha, over a period of some fifteen years, during which time she interviewed and recorded them on the many occasions she visited them. She collaborated with them on their autobiography, published in German in 2000.
`The Less You Know the Sounder You Sleep is a searingly frank and sympathetic portrayal of two very different women: Dasha, our narrator, who's smart, sensitive, honest and loving; and her sister Masha who is quite the opposite: vicious, foul-mouthed and psychopathic - and outrageously funny with it ... This novel, while always being an accessible read, offers profound insights into the effects of early deprivation on two very different people, and into the daydreams we nurture in order to survive; it tells us about love in impossible circumstances, and about the loneliness of never actually being alone. And the importance of having something to hope for.' The Scotsman `A fascinating, heart-breaking tale of what it was like for the twins to be forever "together" - two different people whose destinies were forever entwined, one unable ever to escape the other' Press Association `That such a compassionate tale has been brought forth is a testament to a tenacious author, who spent 15 years helping the twins unpack their story' Science