Korzhavin (real name – Mandel) Naum Moiseevich (born in 1925), a poet.
He was born on October 14 in Kiev. Before the war he was expelled from school because of a conflict with the director. The outbreak of war forced her to leave her native city.
In 1945 he entered the Literary Institute. M. Gorky, but at the end of 1947 he was arrested and spent 8 months in the Lubyanka, then was deported: until 1951 he was in exile in the Siberian village of Chumakovo, then in Karaganda, where in 1953 he graduated from the mining technical school and received the specialty of a shteyger.
In 1954 he returned to Moscow under an amnesty. He earned his living by translating. In 1956 he was rehabilitated and was able to continue his studies at the Literary Institute, which he graduated in 1959. Occasionally he published his poems in various journals. The first significant selection of Korzhavin’s poems appeared in 1961 in the “Tarusa pages” and attracted the readers’ attention. In 1963 the collection “Years” (verses 1941 – 61 edited by E. Vinokurov) was published. Many poems of the poet went to the lists, published in Samizdat.
He began to try his hand at drama. In 1967, Korzhavin’s play “Once in the Twentieth” was staged at the Theater. K. Stanislavsky. In 1966-67 he participated in the movement of the progressive intelligentsia in defense of Daniel and Sinyavsky, then Galansky and Ginzburg. After that, he, like all the “signed-tos,” stopped printing. In 1973, he applied to leave the country, declaring the reason: “lack of air for life.” He leaves for the USA, in Boston. Included in the editorial board of the “Continent”. He speaks a lot at American universities. Two collections of poems – “The Times” (1976) and “Plexus” (1981) came out in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Peru Korzhavin owned articles and essays – “The Experience of Poetic Biography” (1968), “The Destiny of Yaroslav Smelyakov.” In 1991 his book “
In recent years, often comes to Russia. Lives in Boston.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.