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 having supported Leon Trotsky and praised the anti-Soviet 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 205,624 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Varlam Shalamov is the 909th most popular writer (up from 1,081st in 2019), the 301st most popular biography from Russia (up from 353rd in 2019) and the 35th 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 909 out of 5,794Before him are Bettina von Arnim, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Ahmed Deedat, B. Traven, Karl Harrer, and H. L. Mencken. After him are Charles Maurras, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Agathon, Joseph of Anchieta, Veronica Franco, and Gregory of Narek.

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Among people born in 1907, Varlam Shalamov ranks 47Before him are Giovanna of Italy, Barbara Stanwyck, Daniel Bovet, Zarah Leander, W. H. Auden, and Henri-Georges Clouzot. After him are H. L. A. Hart, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, Lê Duẩn, Ray Milland, Pujie, and Yoshiko Kawashima. Among people deceased in 1982, Varlam Shalamov ranks 43Before him are Ivan Bagramyan, Walther Wenck, Peter Weiss, William Giauque, Walter Hallstein, and Anna German. After him are Władysław Gomułka, Thelonious Monk, Hugo Theorell, Gershom Scholem, Meša Selimović, and Hermann Balck.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Varlam Shalamov ranks 301 out of 2,688Before him are Algirdas Julien Greimas (1917), Grand Duke George Alexandrovich of Russia (1871), Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), Eduard Khil (1934), Alexander Griboyedov (1795), and Andrei Konchalovsky (1937). After him are Daniel of Moscow (1261), Boris Berezovsky (1946), Vasily Vereshchagin (1842), Karl Bryullov (1799), Fyodor Tyutchev (1803), and Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia (1860).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Varlam Shalamov ranks 35Before him are Viktor Shklovsky (1893), Alexander Blok (1880), Arthur Adamov (1908), Nikolay Karamzin (1766), Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), and Alexander Griboyedov (1795). After him are Fyodor Tyutchev (1803), Alexander Litvinenko (1962), Henri Troyat (1911), Alexander Ostrovsky (1823), Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933), and Vasily Zhukovsky (1783).