Venedikt Erofeev (2622 words)

  • Svetlana McMillin (University College London)

At the beginning of 1970, a small literary work named Moskva – Petushki (in English translations, Moscow to the End of the Line, N.Y.: Taplinger, 1980; Moscow Circles, London: Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative, 1981; Moscow Stations, London: Faber & Faber in association with Brian Bolly, 1997) appeared in Samizdat, the clandestine circulation of typed manuscripts and books forbidden by the Soviet censorship. Venedikt Erofeev, an unknown writer, was announced on the title page of this new manuscript. As this name coincided with the name of the book’s hero, many readers thought about a pen name or some sort of a mystification. A “poem”, as Erofeev defined the genre of his prose work, made an …

McMillin, Svetlana. "Venedikt Erofeev". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 April 2015
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