Nikolai Garin-Mikhailovsky

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Nikolai Georgievich Garin-Mikhailovsky
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Born (1852-02-20)February 20, 1852
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died December 10, 1906(1906-12-10) (aged 54)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Occupation writer and essayist, locating engineer and railroad constructor

Nikolai Georgievich Garin-Mikhailovsky (Russian: Никола́й Гео́ргиевич Га́рин-Михайло́вский, February 20 [O.S. November 27] 1852–December 10 [O.S. November 27] 1906) was a Russian writer and essayist, locating engineer and railroad constructor.


As an engineer Nikolai Garin-Mikhailovsky was involved in construction of the Laspi Pass highway and the Trans-Siberian Railway. In 1891 he headed the surveying party that chose the place for building a railroad bridge over River Ob for the Trans-Siberian Railway. It was Garin-Mikhailovsky who rejected the option of raising a bridge in Tomsk. This decision later resulted in the foundation of Novosibirsk and played a vital role in development of the city.

He came down in the history of Russian literature as the author of the story Tyoma's Childhood (1892) and the short story Several Years in the Country. His travels in the Far East resulted in the travel notes Around Korea, Manchuria and Liaodong Peninsula (1899) and Korean Tales (1899). One of his stories was published in the first volume of Maxim Gorky's Znanie collections in 1904.

His short story Practical Training is available in English translation in The Salt Pit, Raduga Publishers, 1988.

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