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Varlam Shalamov

1907 - 1982

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Varlam Tikhonovich Shalamov (Russian: Варла́м Ти́хонович Шала́мов; 18 June 1907 – 17 January 1982), baptized as Varlaam, was a Russian writer, journalist, poet and Gulag survivor. He spent much of the period from 1937 to 1951 imprisoned in forced-labor camps in the Arctic region of Kolyma, due in part to his support of Leon Trotsky and praise of writer Ivan Bunin. In 1946, near death, he became a medical assistant while still a prisoner. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Varlam Shalamov has received more than 265,871 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Varlam Shalamov is the 863rd most popular writer (up from 909th in 2019), the 308th most popular biography from Russia (down from 300th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular Russian Writer.

Varlam Shalamov is most famous for his writings about the Gulag, a system of Soviet labor camps. His work was published in a book called Kolyma Tales, which is a collection of short stories about his time in the Gulag.

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Among writers, Varlam Shalamov ranks 863 out of 5,755Before him are Walter Lippmann, Clemens Brentano, Anna Seghers, Achim von Arnim, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and Leconte de Lisle. After him are Maurice Denis, Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz, Kurt Eisner, Éric Zemmour, Jean Webster, and Bacchylides.

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Among people born in 1907, Varlam Shalamov ranks 45Before him are Compay Segundo, Erich Mielke, Daniel Bovet, Barbara Stanwyck, Pujie, and Lucien Laurent. After him are Lee Miller, Henri-Georges Clouzot, H. L. A. Hart, Roman Shukhevych, Lê Duẩn, and Zarah Leander. Among people deceased in 1982, Varlam Shalamov ranks 45Before him are Jiro Horikoshi, Walther Wenck, Lee Strasberg, Peter Weiss, E. H. Carr, and William Giauque. After him are Gershom Scholem, Walter Hallstein, Anna German, Hermann Balck, Vinoba Bhave, and Bachir Gemayel.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Varlam Shalamov ranks 308 out of 3,262Before him are Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1831), Vitaly Ginzburg (1916), Patriarch Nikon of Moscow (1605), Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), Lydia Litvyak (1921), and Vasily Arkhipov (1926). After him are Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931), Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia (1784), Aleksey Kuropatkin (1848), Pavlik Morozov (1918), and Alfred Schnittke (1934).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Varlam Shalamov ranks 33Before him are Ivan Goncharov (1812), Alexander Blok (1880), Alexander Griboyedov (1795), Alexander Litvinenko (1962), Fyodor Tyutchev (1803), and Viktor Shklovsky (1893). After him are Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933), Arthur Adamov (1908), Henri Troyat (1911), Nikolay Karamzin (1766), and Bulat Okudzhava (1924).