Born July 16 (29 N. p.) In the city of Kupyansk Kharkiv region. After graduation, he entered the Moscow Law Institute, receiving a diploma in 1940. Soon he was drafted into the Red Army and from the first days of the Patriotic War took part in military operations. After a serious injury near Leningrad, he worked in the military prosecutor’s office in Siberia (1942 – 45). In the postwar years he moved to Moscow, collaborated in the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, wrote essays. In 1952 the first collection of Dudintsev’s stories “At the seven heroes” was published.
In 1956 the novel “Not by bread alone” was printed, made a lot of noise, which caused numerous responses and sharp criticism, sharp discussions. K. Paustovsky defended both the novel and its author.
In 1960 Dudintsev published an allegorical “New Year’s Tale”,
In 1986, the novel “White Clothes” (about Soviet biology in 1948), which was a huge success and again forced to talk about the author. V. Dudintsev lives and works in Moscow.