(1901 – 1993)
Berberova Nina Nikolaevna (1901 – 1993), the prose writer.
She was born on July 26 (August 8, 2006) in St. Petersburg in the family of an employee of the Ministry of Finance. She got a good home education, studied at the gymnasium.
After the revolution in 1919 – 20 she studied in Rostov-on-Don, then returned to Petrograd. As a poet in 1921 entered the literary circles of Petrograd. In June
1922 he received permission to leave the country together with Khodasevich, who became her husband. First she lived with M. Gorky in Italy, then in Paris.
For 15 years she was a literary employee of the daily Parisian newspaper “Last News”, where her first prose “Biyankur holidays” was published, followed by the novels The Last and the First (1930), The Lady (1932), Without Sunset (1938) ).
The book “Relief of fate” (1949), which included the stories of 1934 – 1941, received a high evaluation of criticism. Particularly successful was the book “Tchaikovsky: The Story of a Lonely Life” (1936).
During the Second World War, she lived in occupied France. After the war she was the editor of the literary pages of the Paris weekly Russkaya Mysl, where in 1948-49 she was published her report from the courtroom about the case of the defector V. Kravchenko. At the same time in New York, “The New Journal” publishes her best stories.
In 1950 he moved to the United States. Since 1958 he teaches at Yale, then at Princeton University. In 1969 in English (in London, New York), in 1972 in Russian (in Munich) there is an autobiographical book by Berberova – “My italics”
Among the most significant works of recent decades is the book “The Iron Woman” (1981).
In 1986, the sensational study “People and Lodges: Russian Masons of the 20th Century” was published. N. Berberova spent the last years of her life in Princeton, being a university professor in retirement. Here she died in 1993.
A brief biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.