Yury Iosifovich Koval
Yury Koval was born in Moscow in 1938. His father was a criminal investigator, and his mother was a psychiatrist. In 1955, he begun his studies at the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute, and in 1960, he graduated and started working as a drawing teacher in the countryside in the Republic of Tatarstan. After a year, he returned to Moscow, working first as a schoolteacher and subsequently as an editor in the Detskaya Literatura magazine. In 1966, he became a freelance journalist and writer.
Koval published sporadically since he was a student, and in 1967 and 1969 he published two books of verses for children, however, he was first noticed in 1968, when he published Aly, a short story of a dog. He subsequently decided to change topic frequently. He spent considerable periods of time in the north of European Russia, in particular, in Vologda Oblast. In Arkhangelsk, Yury Koval met Boris Shergin, a Russian Pomor writer, and became interested in Russian folklore. Later, he invested a lot of time promoting literary works of Shergin and Stepan Pisakhov, and even wrote a screenplay for animated films The Magic Ring (Russian: Волшебное кольцо) and Laughter and Grief by the White Sea, based on Shergin's fairy tales.
In the 1970s, Koval wrote several short stories and novels for children. The Little Silver Fox (1975) shows the story of an Arctic fox who escaped from a fur farm and wanted to get to the North Pole. In 1984, he published The lightest boat in the world, and Suyer-Vyyer was published in 1996 posthumously. For Suyer-Vyyer, Koval received the Strannik Award, which is given for science fiction books. Koval's books were translated to all major European languages, as well as to Chinese and Japanese.
Koval is the author of several novels, novellas and collections of short stories and fairy-tales, both for children and adults. He has also written poems and songs. His major works in prose include:
- Aly (1968), about a border guard dog
- Priklyucheniya Vasi Kurolesova (1971), a humorous detective story
- Nedopesok (1975), about the adventures of an Arctic fox
- Pyat pokhishchennykh monakhov (1977), a humorous detective story
- Ot Krasnyx Vorot (1984)
- Samaya lyogkaya lodka v mire (1984)
- Polynnye skazki (1987)
- Promakh grazhdanina Loshakova (1990), a humorous detective story
- Shamayka (1990), about a stray cat (based on Ernest Thompson Seton story)
- Suyer-Vyyer (1998), a fantastic novel about a sea voyage of Captain Suyer-Vyyer striving to find the Island of Verity
- Yuri Koval. A Pig in a Poke. London: Abelard-Schuman, 1975. — Illustrated by Janosch. ISBN 0200723324 (Translation of Priklyucheniya Vasi Kurolesova, 1971)
- Yuri Koval. A purple bird / Translated by Fainna Solasko. Moscow: Raduga, 1983. 2nd printing, 1989. — Illustrated by Nikolay Ustinov. (Translation of 14 stories from the collection Pozdnim vecherom ranney vesnoy, 1988)
Cinema and animation
Some of Koval's works were made into feature films:
- Nedopesok Napoleon III (1979) (based on Nedopesok)
- Pyat pokhishchennykh monakhov (1991) (based on the eponymous novel)
- Yavlenie prirody (2010) (based on various short stories)
He wrote the screenplays for several short animation films, and many animation films are based on his works, including:
- Priklyucheniya Vasi Kurolesova (1981)
- Tigryonok na podsolnukhe (1981)
- Sunduk (1986)
- Yevstifeyka-volk (2001)
- Polynnaya skazka v tri blina dlinoy (2003)
- Pro barana i kozla (2004)
- Pro kozla i baraba (2005)
- Glupaya... (2008)
- Krugly god (2010)
- Shatalo (2010)
Koval also appeared in small supporting roles in two movies (in both cases he sings his songs playing a guitar):
- Коваль Юрий Иосифович (in Russian). Аниматор.ру. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Биография (in Russian). Литературный клуб. Серия великие российские и зарубежные писател. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Странник-96 (in Russian). Оргкомитет конгресса "Странник". Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "Yuri Koval". Guarant-InfoCentre. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Nedopesok Napoleon III at the Internet Movie Database
- Pyat pokhishchennykh monakhov at the Internet Movie Database
- Yavlenie prirody at the Internet Movie Database
- Priklyucheniya Vasi Kurolesova at the Internet Movie Database
- Tigryonok na podsolnukhe at the Internet Movie Database
- Pro barana i kozla at the Internet Movie Database
- Ulitsa Nyutona, dom 1 at the Internet Movie Database
- Marka strany Gondelupy at the Internet Movie Database
- Yuriy Koval at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Knifer" by Yuri Koval (published in Moscow News, 1/10/2001)