Reference Guide to Russian Literature

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Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotskii 1903-1958


Born in Kazan district, 7 May 1903. Grew up in remote Viatka province.Father was an agronomist; mother was a schoolteacher. Attended Urzhum secondary school; studied medicine in Moscow; studied literature at the Herzen Institute in Petrograd, graduated in 1925. Associated with Leningrad avant-garde artistic groupings. Worked for the children's publishing house, OGIZ, under Samuil Marshak.Began to publish in 1927. Arrested in 1938; spent six and a half years in prison and two in exile. Began to re-establish literary career in Moscow, 1946. Rehabilitated after the death of Stalin.Died of a heart attack in Moscow, 14 October 1958.


Collected Editions

Stikhotvoreniia. Washington, DC, Inter-Language Literary Associates, 1965.

Stikhotvoreniia i poemy. "Biblioteka poeta", Moscow and Leningrad, 1965.

Izbrannye proizvedeniia, 2 vols. Moscow, 1972.

Sobranie sochinenii, 3 vols. Moscow, 1983-84.

"Ogon', mertsaiushchii v sosude . . . " ["A Light Flickering in the Vessel . . . "], edited by N. N. Zabolotskii. Moscow, 1995.


Stolbtsy. Leningrad, 1929; translated as Scrolls: Selected Poems, by Daniel Weissbort, London, Jonathan Cape, 1971.

"Torzhestvo zemledeliia" [ The Triumph of Agriculture], Zvezda, 2-3 ( 1933).

Vtoraia kniga [ The Second Book]. Leningrad, 1937.

Stikhotvoreniia. Moscow, 1948.

Stikhotvoreniia. Moscow, 1957.

Poems in Post-War Russian Poetry, edited by Daniel Weissbort. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1974, 45-60.


" The Story of My Imprisonment", edited and translated by Robin Milner-Gulland, Times Literary Supplement ( 9 October 1981); as " Istoriia moego zakliucheniia", Chistye prudy, 2 ( 1988).

Critical Studies

" N.A. Zabolockij 1903-1958", by V. Sandomirsky, Russian Review ( 1960).

" Surrealism in Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry: Churilin, Zabolotskii, Poplavsky", by Simon Karlinsky, Slavic Review, 26 ( 1967).

Nikolai Zabolotskii.Zhizn'. Tvorchestvo. Metamorfozy, by A. Makedonov , Leningrad, 1968.

" Zabolotsky: Philosopher-Poet", by Robin Milner-Gulland, Soviet Studies ( April 1971).

" Stolbcy" by Nikolai Zabolotsky: Analyses, by F. Björling, Stockholm, Almqvist & Wiksell, 1973.

"Some Themes and Motifs in N. Zabolockij's Stolbcy", by I. Masing-Delic , Scando-Slavica, 20 ( 1974).

" Zabolotsky and the Reader: Problems of Approach", by Robin Milner-Gulland , Russian Literature Triquarterly, 8 ( 1974).

"Ofort by Nikolaj Zabolockij.The Poem and the Title", by F. Björling , Scando-Slavica, 23 ( 1975).

Vospominaniia o N. Zabolotskom. Moscow, 1977; 2nd edition, Moscow, 1984.

"Zabolotsky's Vremya", by Robin Milner-Gulland, Essays in Poetics, 6/I ( 1981).

Nikolai Zabolotskii, by A. M. Turkov, Moscow, 1981.

" Zabolotsky's 'The Triumph of Agriculture': Satire or Utopia?", by I. Masing-Delic, 42 ( 1983).

" Antithesis and Completion: Zabolockij responds to Tiutcev", by Sarah Pratt, Slavic and East European Journal, 27/2 ( 1983).

Nikolai Zabolotskii, by I. I. Rostovtseva, Moscow, 1984.

" 'The Chickens also Want to Live': A Motif in Zabolockij's Columns", by I. Masing-Delic, Slavic and East European Journal, 3I/3 ( 1987).

Nikolai Zabolotsky: Play for Mortal Stakes, by Darra Goldstein , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993.

The Life of Zabolotsky, by N. N. Zabolotsky, edited and translated by Robin Milner-Gulland, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1994.

The life and work of Nikolai Zabolotskii provide a remarkable example of the power of the literary — specifically poetic ‐ vocation. He emerged not from the Moscow or St Petersburg literary intelligentsia, but from a family that had only just risen above its peasant origins, in what was even for Russia the exceptionally out-of-the-way and rural Viatka province.There were books in the house, and by the age of seven, apparently, Zabolotskii had chosen his future career. He got a good but unremarkable rural secondary education, and became an indigent student in Moscow, then in Petrograd, during the famine-stricken years immediately after the Revolution. Though


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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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