(1913 – 1962)
Kazakevich Emmanuil Genrikhovich (1913 – 1962), the prose writer.
Born February 11 (24 N. p.) In Kremenchug in the family of a teacher, later – a journalist. After graduating from a seven-year school and engineering college in Kharkov (1930), he left for Birobidzhan. There he began his career. He changed many professions: he was a cultist, the head of the construction of the Palace of Culture, the chairman of the kolkhoz, the director of the drama theater, the chairman of the Regional Radio Committee, the head of the literary part of the newspaper Birobidzhan’s Star. At the same time he was engaged in literary work, cooperating in the newspapers and magazines of the Far Eastern Territory.
In 1938 he moved to Moscow, where he began to engage in literary work. Although Kazakevich was removed from military records because of short-sightedness, but when the war began, he voluntarily went to the front, having made his way from the rank-and-file soldier of the Moscow militia to the assistant chief of intelligence of one of the armies that stormed Berlin.
In 1946, he was demobilized from the army by illness, returned to Moscow and resumed the literary work interrupted by the war. In the same year he wrote the famous story “The Star”, in 1948 – the story “Two in the Steppe”, in 1949 – a novel about the last stage of the war “Spring on the Oder,” over which he worked for two years.
A year and a half he lives in one of the collective farms of the Vladimir region, where he writes the story “The Heart of a Friend” and begins a big novel “House on the Square”, published in 1956. In 1961 the story “In the Light of the Day” and the story “The Blue Notebook” are written. Very demanding of himself, Kazakevich throughout his creative life felt dissatisfaction and dissatisfaction with himself, but everything that they wrote was always well received by readers.
On September 24, 1962, at the age of 49, E. Kazakevich died in Moscow.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.