Vasily Aksyonov

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  • Name: Vasily Aksyonov ( Vasiliy Aksenov )
  • Date of birth: 20 August 1932
  • Age: 76 years
  • Date of death: July 6, 2009
  • Place of birth: Kazan
  • Activity: the Russian writer
  • Marital status: was married to Maya Carmen

    Vasily Aksyonov: biography

    Vasily Pavlovich Aksenov was born in Kazan in August 1932. At the time of his birth the family already had two grown children: sister Maya, native Basil’s father, brother Alexey – native mother. These are children from the first marriage of Pavel Aksyonov and Yevgenia Ginzburg. Basil began their first joint child.

    Parents Vasily Aksenov was intelligent and fairly well-known in Kazan people. Pavel – Chairman of the city Council and a member of the regional Committee of the CPSU. Evgeniya Solomonovna first taught in pedagogical high school, later headed the Department of culture in the regional newspaper.

    In 1937, in the midst of «Stalin’s purges» were arrested both parents of Vasily Aksenov. At the time he was 4 years old. Older brother and sister Vasily Aksyonov was allowed to pick up relatives. A son of «enemies of the people» – Vasyl – forcibly sent to a shelter for such as he, the children of political prisoners.

    Only a year later his uncle Vasily Aksenov Andreyan was able to find little nephew and take him from the orphanage in Kostroma. From 1938 to 1948 the boy lived with relatives in Kazan (now there is a House-Museum of the writer, which housed a literary club). Mom managed to achieve reunification with her son only in 1948, when released from the Kolyma camps and lived as exile in Magadan.

    In 1956, Vasily Pavlovich Aksenov graduated from medical school in Leningrad. The distribution he had to work as a doctor on the long voyage ships belonging to the Baltic shipping company. But tolerance Aksenov and not given. He had to work wherever he could get. In the far North, the future writer worked as a quarantine doctor. Then he managed to find a place in the TB hospital in the capital. According to other sources Aksenov took a consultant in the Moscow research Institute of tuberculosis.


    Biography of Vasily Aksenov began in the 1960s. The first was published his story «Counterparts», which later was filmed. Then he published the novel «Star ticket» (as it is also made into a movie, called «My little brother») and two collections of short stories – «Catapult» and «halfway to the moon.» On the play Aksenov «Always on sale», theater «Sovremennik» has put performance.

    The name of Vasily Aksenov every year becoming better known in the literary circles of the capital first, and then the country. His works appear in the «thick» journals. The writer attended as a member of the editorial Board of the magazine «Youth». But social activities Vasily Pavlovich more and more do not like authority. In the spring of 1963, the writer was first exposed to criticism from the lips of Nikita Khrushchev, which gave a «dressing down» Aksenov at the demonstration meeting with intellectuals in the walls of the Kremlin. Exacerbated his situation and demonstrations, which tried to organize intellectuals to red square in protest against the possible rehabilitation of Stalin. Then Vasily Aksenov was briefly detained combatants. In the late 1960s, the writer signed several letters in defense of dissidents. It was followed by the punishment: a reprimand recorded in the personal files of the Moscow branch of the Union of Soviet writers.

    Since the mid-1970s, Aksyonov is not published in the Soviet Union. His novels «the Burn» and «the Island of Crimea,» he writes, knowing that they will not be able to be published in the country. Criticism of «non-Soviet» and «people ‘» the writer becomes more rigid. The time of the «thaw» ended. At the end of the 1970s novels «the Burn» about the period of adolescence and Aksenov «Island Crimea» printed in the United States. The last straw that broke the patience of the government, it becomes the voluntary exit of Vasily Aksenov and several colleagues from the Union of writers. In this act they decided to protest against the exclusion of SP Viktor Yerofeyev and Yevgeny Popov. Later these events were described in the novel «Say «raisins»».


    In July 1980, Vassily Aksyonov received an invitation to America. After the departure of the writer immediately stripped of Soviet citizenship. He got right back home only after 10 years.

    In the period of exile, Feldman worked as a Professor of literature at several American universities. For 10 years, Vasily Pavlovich – journalist in «the Voice of America and Radio Liberty». His features were published in various American almanacs. They later collected in the book titled «a Decade of slander».

    In the United States finally saw the light many works of Vasily Aksenov, written in different years and published in the Motherland. Also, there are new works: novels «Paper landscape», «In search of sad bebi» and the trilogy «Moscow Saga» (filmed in Russia in 2004).

    In 1990, Aksenov returned to the Soviet citizenship, but he prefers to stay abroad, he settled with his family in the French Biarritz. In Moscow happens infrequently.

    Again be published in the homeland of Vasily Aksenov began in the first decade of the 2000s. In the journal «October» was published his novel called «Voltarians and valerjanki». He was awarded the man Booker prize. In 2009, printed last novel of the writer «Mysterious passion. A novel about the sixties,» recently filmed at home and was released at the end of 2015.

    Personal life

    Vasily Aksyonov was married twice. His first wife – Kira Mendeleev, a girl from a very prominent family. Her father is a brigade commander Lajos Gavro, and my grandmother Julia Aronova Mendeleev – the first pediatric rector of the University in Leningrad. To this marriage was born the only son Alexey Aksenov.

    Personal life of Vasily Aksenov has changed after a meeting with Maya Carmen, the wife of a famous documentary filmmaker Roman Karmen. Maya Feldman called main passion throughout his life. After moving to the U.S. his wife worked as a teacher of Russian language at a University in America.


    In January 2008, Vasily Aksenov was hospitalized in a Moscow clinic where he was diagnosed with a stroke. After the operation was conducted in the Research Institute Sklifosovsky expected improvement did not come. The writer has long been in a coma. Constantly nursed by his wife Maya.

    In the summer of 2008, as Aksenov was still heavy. In the spring of 2009, Vasily Pavlovich was operated repeatedly in a Scientific Institute named after Burdenko. In July of the same year the writer died. At the time of death Aksenov was 77 years old.

    Buried Vasily Pavlovich in Moscow at the cemetery Vagankovsky.


    • My grandfather — a monument
    • The trunk in which something knocks
    • Burn
    • The Island Of Crimea
    • Say «cheese»
    • In search of sad bebi
    • Moscow Saga
    • Negative goodie
    • The new sweet style
    • Cesarean section
    • Waterlance and valerjanki


    Vasily Aksyonov

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