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Olesha, Yuri (1899–1960) By Nickell, William

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1991-1
Published: 15/10/2018
Retrieved: 12 June 2024, from


Yuri Olesha was a major figure in Soviet Russian modernism, known for his meticulous craftsmanship, original imagery, and unexpected perspective. He enjoyed great success as a journalist in the 1920s and with the publication of his two best-known works, Envy (1927) and Three Fat Men (1928), but subsequently fell out of favour with the official literary establishment. Though a member of the Soviet Writers Union, he did not write according to their expectations and was not published for many years. He died in Moscow in 1960.

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