Андрей Георгиевич Битов
|Born||27 May 1937|
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR
|Died||3 December 2018 (aged 81)|
Bitov was born in Leningrad. His father was an architect and his mother was a lawyer. He completed his secondary education in 1954 and began writing two years later. In 1957, he became a student at the Leningrad Mining Institute. While there, he joined a literary association for young writers led by Gleb Semyonov. He also served with a building battalion in the north and graduated in 1962.
He then began writing poetry and short, absurdist stories which were not published until the 1990s. In 1965, he became a member of the Union of Soviet Writers. By 1978, he had published ten works, but his now best known work, Pushkin House, had to be published in the United States and did not appear in the USSR until two years after the beginning of Perestroika.
He received an award from Oktyabr magazine for his story Something with love... in 2013. This was followed in 2014 by the Government Award of the Russian Federation for culture and, in 2015, he was awarded the Platonov Prize. In 2018, he received the Order of Friendship. He died in Moscow.
- Life in Windy Weather: Short Stories, Ardis, 1986.
- A Captive of the Caucasus, HarperCollins, 1994.
- Ten Short Stories, Raduga Publishers, 1995.
- Pushkin House, Dalkey Archive Press, 1998.
- The Monkey Link, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
- The Symmetry Teacher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
- "Умер Андрей Битов" [Andrei Bitov has died]. Meduza (in Russian). 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
- The Oktyabr magazine the Writer Andrey Bitov will award Andrey Bitov and Leonid Heifetz Ru paper. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Sven Spieker: Figures of Memory and Forgetting in Andrej Bitov's Prose. Postmodernism and the Quest for History. (= Slawische Literaturen) Frankfurt: PeterLang, 1995, ISBN 978-3-631-46940-8.
- Ellen Chances: Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration (Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature), Cambridge UP, 2006, ISBN 0-521-02527-3
- (in Russian) Palace without a Tsar
- (in English) The Baggage of Writer Andrei Bitov
- (in Russian) Biography
- (in English) Andrei Bitov's Translingual Novel The Symmetry Teacher, by Ian Singleton