Vasily Aksyonov

1932 - 2009

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Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov (Russian: Васи́лий Па́влович Аксёнов, IPA: [vɐˈsʲilʲɪj ˈpavləvʲɪtɕ ɐˈksʲɵnəf]; August 20, 1932 – July 6, 2009) was a Soviet and Russian novelist. He became known in the West as the author of The Burn (Ожог, Ozhog, from 1975) and of Generations of Winter (Московская сага, Moskovskaya Saga, from 1992), a family saga following three generations of the Gradov family between 1925 and 1953. When I was in Kazan during my student years, I was under surveillance by the KGB. I didn’t realize it at first—it was only after they began "inviting" my friends in to talk that I realized they were following me, and our whole group. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Aksyonov has received more than 171,837 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Vasily Aksyonov is the 2,081st most popular writer (up from 2,210th in 2019), the 750th most popular biography from Russia (up from 803rd in 2019) and the 91st most popular Russian Writer.

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Among writers, Vasily Aksyonov ranks 2,081 out of 7,302Before him are Ibn Taghribirdi, Yasmina Reza, Barbara von Krüdener, Sigismund von Herberstein, Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, and George MacDonald. After him are Sophie de Condorcet, Dominique Venner, Hermas, Cyprian Norwid, Aspazija, and John Grinder.

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Among people born in 1932, Vasily Aksyonov ranks 150Before him are Elena Poniatowska, Yukio Shimomura, Isao Tomita, Walter Cunningham, Mustafa Tlass, and Gato Barbieri. After him are Eleanor F. Helin, Guðbergur Bergsson, John Hillerman, Boris Shakhlin, Dhirubhai Ambani, and Nichelle Nichols. Among people deceased in 2009, Vasily Aksyonov ranks 93Before him are Ernst Barkmann, James Whitmore, Willy DeVille, Manea Mănescu, Edward Schillebeeckx, and Hélio Gracie. After him are Eleanor F. Helin, Henry Allingham, Samak Sundaravej, Yegor Gaidar, Susanna Agnelli, and Ramaswamy Venkataraman.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Vasily Aksyonov ranks 750 out of 3,761Before him are Evgeny Pashukanis (1891), Gustaf Kossinna (1858), Viktor Tikhonov (1930), Nikolay Dobrolyubov (1836), Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia (1842), and Afanasy Fet (1820). After him are Aleksey Petrovich Yermolov (1777), Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna of Russia (1854), Vasili Mitrokhin (1922), Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia (1586), Alexander Shliapnikov (1885), and Sergei Sobolev (1908).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Vasily Aksyonov ranks 91Before him are Countess of Ségur (1799), Tanya Savicheva (1930), Bella Akhmadulina (1937), Fyodor Sologub (1863), Nikolay Dobrolyubov (1836), and Afanasy Fet (1820). After him are Rachel Bluwstein (1890), Musa Cälil (1906), Eduard Uspensky (1937), Samuil Marshak (1887), Arsen Kotsoyev (1872), and Arkady Gaidar (1904).