Konstantin Georgievich Paustovsky is a Soviet writer, a classic of Russian literature of the 20th century. Member of the Writers’ Union of the USSR.
Early years. Education
Konstantin Georgievich was born on May 19, 1892 in Moscow in an Orthodox philistine family. However, in the early years of his life Paustovsky moved a lot with his parents. Educated in the classical gymnasium in Kiev. During his studies at the gymnasium Paustovsky writes his first story “On the Water” and publishes in the Kiev magazine “Fires”. Then, in 1912, entered the University of Kiev, but soon continued his studies at the University of Moscow. There Paustovsky studied at the Faculty of Law. However, he could not complete his education: because of the war, he left the university.
Creativity of the writer
After serving in the sanitary squad, he worked a lot at various factories. And having moved to Moscow in 1917, he changed jobs to a more intellectual
one – he became a reporter.
If we consider a short biography of Paustovsky, in 1916 his first work “Romantics” was started. Work on this novel lasted for 7 years and was completed in 1923, and the novel was printed only in 1935.
When the civil war was over, Paustovsky settled in Kiev, but he did not stay there for long. I traveled a lot around Russia. During travel I tried to transfer my impressions on paper. Only in the 1920s in the biography of Konstantin Georgievich Paustovsky’s works began to be printed.
The first collection of stories “Counter-ships” was published in 1928.
Popularity of the writer brings the story “Kara-Bugaz”, published in 1932 in the publishing house “Young Guard”. It was well received by critics, and they immediately singled out Paustovsky among other Soviet writers.
A special place in the writer’s work is occupied by stories and tales about nature and animals for children. Among them: “Warm bread”, “Steel ring”, “Hare paws”, “Badger nose”, “Cat
Voryuga” and many others.
Recent years and death
With the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, Paustovsky began to work as a military correspondent. In 1956, as well as in 1961, collections with democratic content were published, in which Paustovsky’s works were also printed. The writer comes to world recognition in the mid-1950s. At this time, he travels extensively throughout Europe. In 1965 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, but she did not receive it.
Konstantin Georgievich Paustovsky suffered from asthma for a long time, suffered several heart attacks. The writer died on July 4, 1968 in Moscow and was buried in the Tarusa cemetery.
In 1958 the collection of works by K. Paustovsky was published in six volumes with a circulation of 300,000 copies. Konstantin Paustovsky was awarded a large number of medals and prizes, among which: the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of Lenin, the Medal “For Courage” and “For the Defense of Odessa”, the Prize of Włodzimierz Pieszak. In 2010, in Odessa, the first monument to the writer was opened, on which, according to the sculptor’s idea, it is depicted in the form of a mysterious Sphinx.