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Yuz Aleshkovsky


Yuz Aleshkovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk in 1929. His father was an army oficer. The family moved back to Moscow, where they were from, three months later. He changed schools several times and was even expelled. The family were finally evacuated to Omsk. during world War II. He served in the navy when called up in 1947 but was sentenced to four years imprisonment for hijacking the car of the secretary of the Primorsky Regional Committee. He then worked on a construction site, before returning to Moscow.

At this time, he started writing, first songs (which he performed) and then children’s books. He also wrote screenplays for cinema and television. However, because of the difficulty of publishing his works in the Soviet Union, he and his wife emigrated to the United States via Austria. He now lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

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1964 Два билета на электричку (children’s)
1967 Чёрно-бурая лиса (children’s)
1970 Кыш, Двапортфеля и целая неделяа (children’s)
1975 Кыш и я в Крыму (children’s)
1979 Карусель (novel)
1980 Рука (The Hand or Confession of an Executioner) (novel)
1980 Николай Николаевич (Nikolai Nikolaevich) (novel)
1980 Маскировка (Camouflage) (novel)
1981 Кенгуру (Kangaroo) (novel)
1982 Синенький скромный платочек (novel)
1985 Смерть в Москве (novel)
1986 Блошиное танго
1989 Руру (novel)
1992 Перстень в футляре (A Ring in a Case) (novel)
2009 Предпоследняя жизнь. Записки везунчика (novel)
2011 Маленький тюремный роман (novel)