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Viktor Platonovich Nekrasov

Viktor Nekrasov, USSR Author.

Background

  • Nekrasov, Viktor was born on June 17, 1911 in Kiev.

  • Education

    • Studied railway engineering, switched to architecture at the Construction Institute, Kiev.

    Career

    • His mother was a medical student at Lausanne University. As a boy, lived in Switzerland and in Paris, where his parents had met. Returned to Kiev after World War I. His father died in 1917.

      Did not graduate. Became attracted to the theatre. Toured for 4 years as an actor, assistant director and stage designer. World War II ended this career.

      Fought throughout the battle of Stalingrad, which provided him with the material for his famous book, V Okopakh Stalingrada (1946, Stalin Prize, 1947). This was an idealized but sincere description of his Stalingrad experiences. After extensive travels to Europe and America in 1957, 1960 and 1962, wrote Both Sides of the Ocean, the tone of which displeased Soviet literary ideologists and Khrushchev personally.

      Tried to get a memorial to the victims of Babii Yar erected in Kiev. Eventually expelled from the party and from the Union of Writers. Became unpublishable.

      Involved himself in dissident activity. Emigrated in 1974. For some time, editor-in-chief of the emigre magazine Kontinent. Settled in a council flat in a Paris suburb.

      Stripped of his Soviet citizenship for his involvement with Kontinent. Continued to travel around the world. Left his former actress wife and son who had been allowed to join him in exile.
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    Born June 17, 1911
    Died September 3, 1987
    (aged 76)
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