Igor Vishnevetsky

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Igor Vishnevetsky
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Born (1964-01-05) January 5, 1964 (age 51)
Rostov-on-the-Don, USSR

Igor Georgievich Vishnevetsky (Russian: Игорь Георгиевич Вишневецкий) (b. January 5, 1964 in Rostov-on-the-Don, USSR) is a notable Russian poet. He has been a contributor and editor in numerous Russian literary journals and anthologies since the 1980s. Though some of his work has been published in the United States, very little of it exists in translation.


Igor Vishnevetsky was born in Rostov-on-the-Don in 1964 to Georgiy and Alla Vishnevetsky. Vishnevetsky originally aspired to become a composer, and studied music in school before attending Moscow State University to pursue a degree in philology. After graduating in 1986, Vishnevetsky became an active member of the poetry and art scenes that existed in Moscow and St. Petersburg prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Vishnevetsky emigrated to the United States in 1992, but now splits his time between the United States and Russia (he has remained a Russian citizen). In 1996 he received a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the Department of Slavic Languages of Brown University. Subsequently, he taught at Emory University for five years. In recent years, he has also become a notable music historian, and is considered an authority on Sergei Prokofiev and the Russian-American composer Vladimir Dukelsky.

He also was a visiting professor of Russian at Carnegie Mellon University. It was in Pittsburgh where he composed his experimental short novel "Leningrad" which describes dehumanizing effects of the Finno-German siege of the city during World War II and deals with transformation of former Russian capital into a Soviet city. Praised for its insights into the minds of the people who experienced the collapse of everything associated with humanity, "Leningrad" won a 2010 award for the best fiction published in Russia's leading literary periodical "Novyi mir". In 2012 it won a prestigious "New Verbal Art (Novaya Slovesnost', or NoS)" literary award. He is currently working on a film version of "Leningrad" [1] [2].

His son is film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.


Collected Poetry[edit]

  • Стихотворения - Poems (1992)
  • Тройное зрение - Threefold Vision (1997)
  • Воздушная почта: Стихи 1996—2001 - Air Mail: Poems 1996-2001 (2001)
  • На запад солнца - West of the Sun (2006)
  • Первоснежье - First Snow (2008)
  • Стихослов - Rhymologion (2008)


  • Ленинград - Leningrad (2010)
  • Острова в лагуне - Islands in the Lagoon (2013)

Academic Works[edit]

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