Sokolov Sasha (Alexander Vsevolodovich) (born 1943), writer and poet. He was born in Ottawa in the family of an assistant military attache. After graduation, he entered the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, then moved to the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow University. M. V. Lomonosov.
Labor activity began with journalistic work, but, having entered into conflict with the family, leaves journalism, works as a hunter on the Volga.
In 1976 Sokolov emigrated abroad, where he wrote and published the novel “School for Fools”, an experimental prose consisting of poems and prose fragments, on the verge of reality and fantasy.
In 1980 he published the novel Between Dog and Wolf. “For Sasha Sokolov, the world of his works is always more real than the surrounding, the fictitious event is more real than what happened, the word is more real than the event described by him, therefore the heroes of his novels compose and re-create their lives… change names and fates, exchange them… For him, its re-creation, the creation of a new and another, “O. Dark writes about Sokolov.
The novel Polisandriya, written in 1985, tells of the life of Beria’s grand-nephew in the early 21st century. The author himself defined the genre as follows: “Palisanderia” is a parody of a historical novel, simultaneously – on erotic and on memoirs. “
Sasha Sokolov defined the meaning of his work: “Literature is a game for me, not in the ordinary sense, but in a high and serious way.” The game… Literature… is the art of dealing with a word, but I do not like the language at all, namely the Russian language.. There are things in Russian that are completely absent in other languages and without which I would not be interested. ”
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.