Veniamin Kaverin

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Kaverin, cartoon by B. Malakhovsky

Veniamin Alexandrovich Kaverin (Russian: Вениамин Александрович Каверин; real name - Вениамин Александрович Зильбер, or Veniamin Alexandrovich Zilber) [1](April 19 [O.S. April 6] 1902, Pskov – May 2, 1989, Moscow) was a Soviet writer associated with the early 1920s movement of the Serapion Brothers. The immunologist Lev Zilber was his older brother, and the critic Yury Tynyanov was his brother-in-law.

Veniamin Kaverin Mikhail Zoshchenko Ilia Gruzdev Konstantin Fedin Mikhail Slonimsky Elizaveta Polonskaya Nikolay Nikitin Nikolai Tikhonov Click on icon to enlarge or move cursor to explore
Serapion Brothers[2] Use a cursor to see who is who.

During the WWII evacuation in Yaroslavl, Kaverin completed his best-known novel, The Two Captains (1938-44), which colourfully recounts the adventures of Russian polar explorers before and after the Revolution. The book, awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946, was reissued 42 times in 25 years and was adapted for the screen twice, in 1955 and 1976. In 1966, Kaverin published a revised version of his 1929 study of Osip Senkovsky, Baron Brambeus. Later, he worked on his reminiscences about the literary milieu of the 1920s, which contained passages highly critical of Soviet policies in literature[citation needed].

As The Moscow News commented on his centenary, "Kaverin showed that even under the worst of conditions it is possible to retain one's human qualities and decency. His example is a reproach to so many other Soviet writers who sold their souls to the regime and committed reprehensible public acts". [1]

English translations[edit]

  • Open Book, Lawrence & Wishart, 1955.
  • The Unknown Artist, Hyperion Press, 1973.
  • Two Captains, Raduga Publishers, 1989.
  • Two Captains, Fredonia Books, 2003.

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