(1941 – 1990)
Dovlatov Sergey Donatovich (1941 – 1990), the prose writer. Born September 3 in Ufa, when the family was in evacuation. Since 1945 he lived in Leningrad, where he graduated from the school and entered the philological faculty of Leningrad University, which he failed to finish: he was expelled after the third year.
He was drafted into the ranks of the Soviet Army, where he served as a warden in the criminal camp of a special regime. “What I saw absolutely shocked me,” Dovlatov wrote, “I saw how low a man can fall and how high he can soar.” After returning to Leningrad, he begins to write “Zone”, although he understands the impossibility of publishing it.
I earned a living mostly in journalism. For three years he was a correspondent of the Tallinn newspaper “Soviet Estonia”. For some time he worked as a guide in the Pushkin Reserve, later wrote about it in his stories. Some of Dovlatov’s stories in 1976 were published abroad in the magazine “Continent.” For this he was expelled from the Union of Journalists of the USSR.
In 1978 he emigrated to the US (his wife and daughter left earlier), lived in New York. Since the mid-1980s has become popular with readers, receives high praise from Western critics. He published twelve books that were published in America and Europe in five languages. The main works of Dovlatov: “Zone. Notes of the Overseer” (1982); “Stories”, “Our” (1983); “Compromise” (1981); “Reserve” (1983); “Craft” (1985); “
August 24, 1990 Sergei Dovlatov in the heyday of creative fame died suddenly in New York.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.