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Vladimir Voinovich

Biography

Vladimir Nikolaevich Voinovich was born in Dushanbe in 1932. His mother was a teacher and his father a journalist. His father was arrested in 1937 and spent some time in a gulag. Voinovich did various odd jobs before serving time in the Red Army from 1951 to 1955. he studied to be a teacher in Moscow and was then sent to Kazakhstan as a member of the Young Communist League. He returned to Moscow, where he worked in radio and gained fame by writing the lyrics for a song about the Russian astronauts. He started writing stories which more or less conformed to the Soviet orthodoxy but gradually drifted away as dissidents were suppressed. The first part of Жизнь и необычайные приключения солдата Ивана Чонкина (The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin) was published in Paris and Voinovich was expelled from the Writers’ Union and harassed by the KGB. He became seriously ill, possibly as a result of poisoning. Eventually he emigrated to West Germany with his wife and daughter, where he continued to produce fiction. He did not return to Russia till 1988 and now divides his time between Munich and Moscow. He is likely to be most remembered for his anti-militaristic (and incomplete) Жизнь и необычайные приключения солдата Ивана Чонкина (The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin). He died in 2018.

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Vladimir Voinovich
Vladimir Voinovich 1932-
The life and works of Vladimir Voinovich: the satirist as exile
Obituary
Vladimir Voinovich (in Russian)
Voinovich, Vladimir Nikolaveich (in Russian)
Voinovich, Vladimir Nikolaveich (in Russian)

Bibliography

1963 Хочу быть честным (I’d Be Honest If They’d Let Me)
1967 Два товарища
1972 Степень доверия
1972 Деревянное яблоко свободы
1973 Путем взаимной переписки (In Plain Russian)
1975 Жизнь и необычайные приключения солдата Ивана Чонкина (The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin)
1976 Иванькиада (The Ivankiad)
1979 Претендент на престол (Pretender to the Throne: The Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin)
1985 Антисоветский Советский Союз (The Anti-Soviet Soviet Union)
1985 Трибунал (The Tribunal)
1986 Москва 2042 (Moscow 2042)
1988 Шапка (The Fur Hat)
1994 Замисъл
2000 Монументальная пропаганда (Monumental Propaganda)
2002 Портрет на фоне мифа
2007 Перемещённое лицо (A Displaced Person: The Later Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin)
2009 Сказка о глупом Галилее
2010 Автопортрет: роман моей жизни
2010 Дваплюсодин в одном флаконе
2012 Альбом; Сказки для взрослых; Стихи на полях
2014 Трибунал : Брачная комедия, судебная комедия и водевиль