Sasha Sokolov is a paradoxical writer. Born in Canada, and having lived for much of his adult life in the United States, he is nonetheless a resolutely Russian writer – so much so that his second novel (which, like his two other major works, could not be published in his homeland) was deemed untranslatable. The date of Sokolov’s emigration from the USSR (1975) places him, technically, within the so-called “Third Wave” of émigré writers, and yet he has largely avoided émigré circles and preoccupations. Since the publication within a ten-year period of his three highly-acclaimed novels – Shkola dlia durakov [A School for Fools…
Hodgkinson, Deborah. "Sasha Sokolov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2005; last revised 30 November -1.
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