In October 1956, on the verge of his seventieth birthday, Mark Aldanov wrote to his long-standing friend Vera Nikolaevna Muromtseva-Bunina, the widow of the Nobel Prize winning author Ivan Bunin: “my funeral (a jubilee is always a funeral) is planned for 7 November”. Unfortunately, his joke turned out to be prophetic: he died in his sleep at home in Nice a few months later, in February 1957.
Aldanov (an anagram of his real surname) was born Mark Landau in 1886 in Kyiv, to a large and wealthy Jewish family involved in sugar-processing and brick-making businesses, founded by Aldanov’s maternal grandfather, Iona Zaitsev. (When Menahem Mendel Beilis, an employee at the Zaitsev factory, had been falsely accused of ritual murder,…
Rogatchevskaia, Ekaterina. "Mark Aldanov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2015
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