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Author Information: Mikhail Zoshchenko

 
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1895-1958

Mikhail Zoshchenko served as an officer in a grenadier regiment during the First World War and then briefly in the Red Army. He made his name from 1923 onwards with short stories published in the satirical press, which when published in book form sold tens of millions of copies. Zhdanov’s notorious Party Resolution of 1946 condemned his children’s story The Adventures of a Monkey as an attack on the Soviet way of life and he was expelled from the Soviet Writers’ Union, which meant he could no longer publish, and for a time he had to earn a living repairing shoes. He was never fully rehabilitated in his lifetime, but since the 1960s has been increasingly published and discussed in Russia.

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