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Author Information: Konstantin Paustovsky



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The First World War prevented young Paustovsky from taking his degree at the University of Kiev. He also fought, on the Red side, in the civil war. Before becoming a professional writer, in his middle thirties, he deliberately moved from one occupation to another, working first as a trolley conductor, then as a factory hand, a fisherman, a sailor, a high-school teacher, a journalist. A born traveler, with a strong feeling for nature, he roamed the length and breadth of his vast country. He is a versatile and prolific author. His works include essays and studies of the native scene, several plays, and a number of tales, often autobiographical and showing a penchant for verbal landscape painting. He has also cultivated assiduously the medium of the short story. With their lyrical overtones, pastel colors, their serenity tempered by what Paustovsky himself calls "a drop of sadness," these humane, sensitive, compassionate narratives are in the Chekhovian vein. During the Second World War he was a correspondent from the sounthern front and received a medal for "Valorous Work in the Great Fatherland War."


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