Lukash Ivan Sozontovich was born in St. Petersburg in 1892 in the family of a veteran of the Russo-Turkish War. He spent his childhood at the Academy of Arts, where his father served as a doorman and model. He graduated from the Faculty of St. Petersburg University. He first published a collection of poems “Poisonous Flowers” in 1910. editions of ego-futurists, wrote essays for the newspapers “Rech” and “Sovremennoe slovo,” Ogonek magazine. He warmly received the February Revolution, devoting a series of pamphlets to its heroes
In October 1917, he experienced crisis moods that determined a turning point in his world outlook. He fought against the Reds in the Volunteer Army. He worked in the White Guard newspapers “South of Russia” and “Voice of Tavria” in the Crimea. The long way of emigration passed Constantinople, Gallipoli, Tarnovo, Sofia, Vienna, Prague Berlin, Riga, Paris episodes of the Civil war reflected in the story “Death” and the documentary book “Naked field” (both published in 1922)
In 1925 he moved to Riga, where he collaborated in the newspapers Slovo and Segodnya, wrote stories in which Petersburg’s stories coexisted with grotesquely fantastic stories from the life of the old Riga (compiled by the collection “The Dreams of Peter, published in 1931)
Since 1928 he settled in Paris and became a member of the newspaper Vozrozhdenie. The themes of his publications of this period are connected mainly with Russian history and culture. Here his collection of short stories “The Palace Grenadiers” (1928), the novel “Emperor John” (1939), novels “The Fire of Moscow” (1930), “Blizzard” (1936), “Wind Car (1938), Mussorgsky’s Poor Love (1940)
Ivan Lukash died in May 1940 in Paris.
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