Benedikt Sarnov

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Benedikt Sarnov
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Benedikt Sarnov, Russian writer
BornJanuary 4, 1927
DiedApril 20, 2014(2014-04-20) (aged 87)

Benedikt Sarnov (Russian: Бенеди́кт Миха́йлович Сарно́в; January 4, 1927 – April 20, 2014) was a Moscow literary critic, historian of Soviet literature, and writer. After graduating from Gorky Institute of World Literature in 1951, he became a member of Union of Soviet Writers in 1960, he worked in the magazine Literaturnaya Gazeta, created a popular literary radio program and authored a column about Russian prose in Ogonek. In 1990s he became Secretary of the Moscow Writers' Union, a part of Union of Russian Writers, he has published over twenty books, and hundreds of articles and reviews, and continued to be active in the post-Soviet period. His most recent books were about relationships of Stalin and Soviet writers and other intellectuals[1][2][3] He died in 2014.[4]


  • Наш советский новояз. Маленькая энциклопедия реального социализма. (Our Soviet Newspeak: A Short Encyclopedia of Real Socialism.) (Moscow: 2002) ISBN 5-85646-059-6
  • Перестаньте удивляться: непридуманные истории (Moscow: 1998) has been translated into English and was published under the title Stop Being Surprised! Vignettes from Soviet Literary and Other Life by Infinity Publishing in 2004, ISBN 0-7414-2208-5.