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Mark Aleksandrovich Aldanov

essayist , novelist , writer

Mark Aldanov was a Russian writer and critic, known for his historical novels.


Mark Landau (Aldanov) was born in Kiev in the family of a rich Jewish industrialist.


He graduated the physical-mathematical and law departments of Kiev University.


He published serious research papers in chemistry. In 1919 he emigrated to France. During 1922-1924 he lived in Berlin and during 1941-1946, in the United States.

Aldanov's first book about Vladimir Lenin, translated into several languages, immediately gained him popularity. Then followed a trilogy of novels attempting to trace the roots of the Russian Revolution. He also wrote a tetralogy of novels about Napoleonic wars.

All in all, he published 16 larger literary works and a great number of articles and essays. Mark Aldanov died in Nice, France. His extensive correspondence with Vladimir Nabokov, Ivan Bunin, Alexander Kerensky and other emigre celebrities was published posthumously.

Until November 1945 they both served as Editors-in-Chief of this publication, which is considered the oldest Russian language literary periodical in print published outside of Russia. Among the review's contributors were Vladimir Nabokov, Ivan Bunin, Joseph Brodsky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and other notable Russian emigre writers.


  • Since 2007 has been awarding conferred for the best novella or novellete authored by a Russian-language writer living outside or Russia.


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