Ol'ga Berggol'ts

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  • Katharine Hodgson (University of Exeter)

Ol’ga Berggol’ts is generally thought of as an official Soviet writer, best known for the poetry she wrote and broadcast on the radio during the Leningrad Siege of 1941-44. Further evidence of her apparent conformity may be found in the award the Stalin Prize in 1950 for a narrative poem, Pervorossiisk [First Russian Commune, 1949], telling the story of a collective farm set up by Petrograd workers in the early years after the 1917 Revolution. Nevertheless, Berggol’ts was no straightforwardly orthodox Soviet writer. In 1965 she published a collection of poetry entitled Uzel [The Knot], in which a number of poems relating to her arrest and imprisonment in 1938-39 appeared for the first time; more of …

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Hodgson, Katharine. "Ol'ga Berggol'ts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 December 2004
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