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Author Information: Panteleimon Romanov

 
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1884-1938

The bulk of this rather prolific author's work was produced during the Soviet period. On and off, for more than a quarter of a century, Romanov occupied himself with a vast fictional cycle, intended to trace the transformation of Chekhov's Russia into Sholokhov's. Of the twelve parts planned, he was able to complete only five, the last one ending with the outbreak of the Revolution. In addition to erecting thus what he called "a tombstone to the past," he composed many short stories, two plays, and a number of novels. Together, these writings form a realistic record of some elements of the scene he that he observed in his two last dacedes. He believed in the liberating and creative potentialities of the Revolution, but his emphasis on the seamy side of Soviet life earned him the displeasure of the powers. Indeed, his last novel appeared only abroad.

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