Reference Guide to Russian Literature

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Aleksandr Arkad'evich Galich 1919-1977
Poet, chansonnier, and dramatist


Born Aleksandr Arkad'evich Ginzburg in Dnepropetrovsk (Ekaterinoslav), 19 October 1919. Studied at the Gor'kii Literary Institute, Moscow, 1935-36; the Stanislavskii Studio, 1935-38. Actor in the Moscow Theatrical Studio of Valentin Pluchek and Aleksei Arbuzov, 1938-41; and in the theatre of the Northern Navy during World War II. Married: I) the actress, Valentina Arkhangel'skaia, one daughter; 2) Angelina Prokhorova.Wrote scenarios, plays, prose, poems, and songs. Expelled from the Writers' Union and Litfond in December 1971. Emigrated in 1974; lived in Oslo, 1974; Munich, 1975; and Paris, 1976. Died in Paris, from accidental electrocution, 15 December 1977. Buried in the Russian cemetery of Sainte‐ Geneviève-des-Bois, Paris.


Collected Editions

Pesni [ Songs]. Frankfurt, Posev, 1969.

Pokolenie obrechennykh [ The Generation of the Doomed]. Frankfurt, Posev, 1972.

General'naia repetitsiia [ The Dress Rehearsal]. Frankfurt, Posev, 1974.

Kogda ia vernus' [ When I Return]. Frankfurt, Posev, 1977; reprinted 1986.

Polnoe sobranie stikhov i pesen. Frankfurt, Posev, 1981.

Alexander Galich: Songs and Poems, edited and translated by Gerald S. Smith. Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1983.

Izbrannye stikhotvoreniia, edited by A. Shatalov. Moscow, 1989.

Peterburgskii romans [ A Petersburg Romance], edited by A. Shatalov . Leningrad, 1989.

Vozvrashchenie [ The Return], edited by G. Solov'eva. Leningrad, 1990.

Ia veril v chudo [ I Believed in a Miracle], edited by Leonid Vilenskii . Moscow, 1991.

Ia vybiraiu svobodu. Aleksandr Galich[ My Choice is Freedom], edited by A. Shatalov. Kostroma, 1991.

General'naia repetitsiia [ The Dress Rehearsal], edited by A. Shatalov . Moscow, 1991.

. . . ia vernus' . . . [ I Shall Return], edited by Alena Arkhangel'skaia-Galich . Moscow, 1993.


"Gorod na zare" [ City of the Dawn] with Aleksei Arbuzov (published under Arbuzov's name), 1940; Teatr, II ( 1957).

"Duel"' [ The Duel], with Isai Kuznetsov and Vsevolod Bagritskii , 1941.

"Vas vyzyvaet Taimyr" [Taimyr Calling], with Konstantin Isaev . Ogonek, 22 ( 1948).

"Polozhenie obiazyvaet", ("Moskva slezam ne verit") [ Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears], with Georgii Munblit. 1949.

"Puti, kotorye my vybiraem" [ The Paths We Choose]. 1953; in General'naia repetitsiia, Moscow, 1991.

"Pod schastlivoi zvezdoi" [ Under a Lucky Star]. 1954.

"Matrosskaia tishina" [ Seaman's Silence]. 1955-56; in General'naia repetitsiia, 1991.

"Pokhodnyi marsh, ili Za chas do rassveta" [Campaign March], Teatr, 3 ( 1957).

"Parokhod zovut 'Orlenok"' [The Name of the Ship is "Eagle"], Sovremennaia dramaturgiia, 6 ( 1958).

"Avgust" [ August], 1958; in General'naia repetitsiia, 1991.

"Mnogo li cheloveku nado" [ Does a Man Need Much], 1959.


"General'naia repetitsiia" [The Dress Rehearsal], in General'naia repetitsiia, 1974.

"Bloshinyi rynok" [Flea Market], Vremia i my, 24 ( 1977), 25 ( 1978).

Critical Studies

"Teatr Galicha", by Andrei Siniavskii, Vremia i my, 14 ( 1977), 142-50.

"Horace's Heirs: Beyond Censorship in the Soviet Songs of the Magnitizdat", by Rosette C. Lamont, World Literature Today, 53 ( 1979), 220-27.

"Silence is Connivance", by Gerald S. Smith, in Alexander Galich: Songs and Poems, Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1983.

"Galich in Emigration", by Gerald S. Smith, in The Third Wave: Russian Literature in Emigration, edited by Olga Matich and Michael Henry Heim, Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1984, 118-23.

Songs to Seven Strings: Russian Guitar Poetry and Soviet "Mass Song", by Gerald S. Smith, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1984.

Das sowjetrussische Autorenlied: eine Untersuchung am Beispiel des Schaffens von Aleksandr Galic, Bulat Okudzava und Vladimir Vysockij, by Dagmar Boss, Munich, Sagner, 1985


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Table of contents

  • Reference Guide to Russian Literature *
  • Contents *
  • Editor's Note vii
  • Advisers xi
  • Contributors xi
  • Alphabetical List of Writers and Works xiii
  • Alphabetical List of Works xix
  • Chronological List of Writers xxiii
  • General Reading List xxvii
  • Chronology xxxv
  • Glossary xxxix
  • Introductory Essays *
  • Old Russian Literature 3
  • Pre-Revolutionary Russian Theatre 9
  • Russian Literature in the I8th Century 13
  • Aleksandr Pushkin: from Byron to Shakespeare 18
  • The Classic Russian Novel 25
  • The Superfluous Man in Russian Literature 29
  • Women's Writing in Russia 35
  • Russian Literary Theory: from the Formalists to Lotman 40
  • Post-Revolutionary Russian Theatre 45
  • Experiment and Emigration: Russian Literature, 1917-1953 49
  • Socialist Realism in Soviet Literature 55
  • Thaws, Freezes, and Wakes: Russian Literature, 1953-1991 59
  • Russian Literature in the Post-Soviet Period 64
  • Writers and Works *
  • A 73
  • B 127
  • C 213
  • D 237
  • E 271
  • F 297
  • G 311
  • H 379
  • I 389
  • K 413
  • L 485
  • M 521
  • N 559
  • O 585
  • P 611
  • R 685
  • S 707
  • T 789
  • U 859
  • V 861
  • Y 897
  • Z 899
  • Title Index 933
  • Notes on Advisers and Contributors 963


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