Writers (Modern)

For the purposes of this site, we have defined “modern” authors as those that spent most of their careers after 1953. We have chosen this date as, first, a generational marker. Many late-tsarist authors continued working after the revolution, while many late-Soviet authors are still working today. Those still working today are likely to have been born after 1953 (making them under 70 today), the same year that political and social restrictions began to be relaxed after the death of Stalin. The anti-communist movement in the US also occurred around the same time, which means that authors working after this date are much less likely to be known in the US. In preparing material for this section, however, we have tried to concentrate mostly on living authors.

Vladimir Sharov: Literature That Shines a Light on Dark History

Vladimir Sharov was a Russian writer who was deeply interested in the legacy of Russia’s Communist history. His nine novels focus on various aspects of this history: the communist schisms, Bolshevism, Stalin’s Terror, and the USSR’s collapse, and often mixes or juxtaposes ideas from Communism and religion. Russia’s Soviet history was deeply personal to Sharov, […]

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