Dina Rubina was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She studied music at the Tashkent Conservatory. She published her first story at the age of sixteen in "Yunost." In the mid-1980s, after writing for the stage and screen for several years, she moved to Moscow. In 1990 she immigrated to Israel.
Dina Rubina is one of the most prominent Russian-language Israeli writers. Her books have been translated into thirty languages.
Her major themes are Jewish and Israeli history, migration, nomadism and neo-indigeneity, messianism and metaphysics, theatre, autobiography, and the interplay between the Israeli and Russian Jewish cultures and between Hebrew and Russian.
Dina Rubina in Moscow, 2010
Dual Surname (? ?) was turned into a film screened on Russia's Channel One.
In 2007, Rubina won the Russian Big Book literary award.
Katsman, Roman. Nostalgia for a Foreign Land: Studies in Russian-Language Literature in Israel. Series: Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe and Their Legacy. Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2016.
Kuznetsova, Natalia. "Simvolika ognia v romane-komikse Diny Rubinoi 'Sindikat,' ili Ob 'ognennom angele nashego podiezda'" [Symbolism of fire in the novel-comics by Dina Rubina "Sindicate"]. Booknik, March 20, 2008. Accessed June 20, 2014. booknik.ru/library/all/simvolika-ognya-v-romane-komikse-diny-rubinoyi-sindikat-ili-ob-ognennom-angele-nashego-podezda.
Mondry, Henrietta. Exemplary Bodies: Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture, 1880s to 2008. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2009.
Ronell, Anna P. "Some Thoughts on Russian-Language Israeli Fiction: Introducing Dina Rubina." Prooftexts 28, no. 2 (2008): 197-231.
Sergo, Iulia. "Postmodernistski dialog kultur: obraz Ispanii v romane D. Rubinoi 'Poslednyi kaban iz lesov Pontevedra'" [Postmodern dialogue of cultures: The image of Spain in Dina Rubina's novel The last wild boar from the forests of Pontevedra]. Filologicheski klass 17 (2007): 49-53.
Shkarpetkina, Olga. "'Poslednyi kaban iz lesov Pontevedra' Diny Rubinoi" [The last wild boar from the forests of Pontevedra by Dina Rubina]. Kultura i iskusstvo, July 20, 2013. Accessed June 15, 2014. www.cultandart.ru/prose/48269-poslednij_kaban_iz_lesov_pontevedra.