Ariadna Èfron

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Ariadna Èfron
Ariadna Èfron in 1926
Ariadna Èfron in 1926
BornAriadna Sergeyevna Èfron
(1912-09-05)5 September 1912
Moscow, Russian Empire
Died26 July 1975(1975-07-26) (aged 62)
Tarusa, Kaluga Oblast, Soviet Union
OccupationRussia Russian/Soviet Union Soviet poet, writer, translator, visual artist
EducationÉcole du Louvre, Paris
SpouseSamuil Davidovich Gurevich

Ariadna Sergeyevna Èfron (Russian: Ариа́дна Серге́евна Эфро́н); 5 September  [O.S. 18 September] 1912 – 26 July 1975) was a Russian translator of prose and poetry, memoirist, artist, art critic, poet (her original poems, except for those written in childhood, were not printed during life); she was a daughter of Sergei Èfron and Marina Tsvetaeva.


Early life[edit]

Her parents and relatives called Ariadne Alya; her mother Tsvetaeva devoted a large number of poems to her (including the cycle "Poems to her Daughter"). Alya herself wrote poems from early childhood (20 poems were published by her mother in her collection "Psyche"), and she kept diaries. In 1922 she went abroad with her mother.


From 1922 to 1925 she lived in Czechoslovakia, and from 1925 to 1937 in France, from where, on 18 March 1937, she was the first of her family returned to the USSR.

In Paris she graduated from the Duperré School of Applied Arts, where she studied book design, engraving, lithography, and from the École du Louvre where she majored in art history.

She worked in the French magazines Russie d'Aujourd'hui ('Russia Today'), France-URSS ('France-URSS'), Pour-Vous ('For You'), as well as in the pro-Soviet magazine Nash Soviet ('Our Union'), which was published by the "Union of Returning Soviet Citizens" (Союз возвращенцев на Родину). She wrote articles and essays and produced translations, illustrations).[1] Her translations to French included works by Mayakovsky and other Soviet poets.

The "Union of Returning Soviet Citizens" was in fact a cover organization of the NKDV, but Ariadna Èfron accepted this and supplied the NKDV information on exiled Russians and those wanting to return to the USSR.

After the return to the USSR[edit]

After returning to the USSR, she worked in the editorial board of the Soviet magazine Revue de Moscou (published in French). She wrote articles, essays, reports, made illustrations and produced translations.

In prison camps and in exile[edit]

On 27 August 1939, she was arrested by the NKVD and convicted by the OSO under article 58-6 (espionage) to 8 years of forced labour in labour camps. She was tortured and forced to testify against her father. She only learned afterwards about the death of her parents in 1941 (her mother committed suicide in the evacuation in Yelabuga, and her father was shot).[2]

In the spring of 1943, Ariadne Efron refused to cooperate with the camp leadership to become a "snitch", and she was transferred to a logging camp in the Sevzheldorlag, a penal camp. An actress of the camp theater. Tamara Slanskaya. managed to ask someone for an envelope so she could write her husband, Gurevich: "If you want to save Alya, try to rescue her from the North." According to Slanskaya, "pretty soon he managed to get her transferred to Mordovia, to Potma".[3]

After her release in 1948, she worked as a teacher of graphics at the art college in Ryazan.[4] After long years of isolation, she felt a great need to communication with friends, and her life was brightened with correspondence with friends, who included Boris Pasternak who sent her his new poems and chapters from his forthcoming novel Doctor Zhivago. She was so impressed by the book that she wrote to Pasternak:[5]

10/14/48 ... I have a dream, which, due to my circumstances, will not be fulfilled soon — I would like to illustrate the book, slightly differently from the usual way, not like books are usually illustrated, i.e. cover, title page etc,. no, I would like to do some drawings with a pen, to try to have on paper certain characters the way I see them with my eyes, you understand, don't you, to capture them…

She was again arrested on 22 February 1949 and sentenced, on the basis of her previous conviction, to a life in exile in the Turukhansky District of the Krasnoyarsk Krai. Thanks to her education in France, she was able to work in Turukhansk as an artist-designer in the cultural center of the local district. She produced a series of watercolor sketches about life in exile, some of which were first published only in 1989.[6][7]

In 1955 she was rehabilitated as there was no proof of criminal activity. She now returned to Moscow, where in 1962 she became a member of the Union of Soviet Writers. In the 1960s and 1970s, she lived in one of the buildings of the ZhSK of the Union of Soviet Writer" (Krasnoarmeyskaya St., 23).[8]


From her youth, Ariadna Sergeyevna had a heart condition, she suffered several heart attacks.[9]

Èfron died in a Tarusa hospital from a massive heart attack on 26 July 1975.[9] She was buried in a town cemetery of Tarusa. (Tarusa is a small town 102 km from Moscow. It had been a popular place for writers and artists, and Marina Tsvetayeva's parents had had a villa there. During the Soviet Union, many members of the dissident intelligentsia had settled there, as they were forbidden to live less than 100 km from Moscow.]

Èfron edited for publication works of her mother and took care of her archives. She left behind her memoirs, which were published in the magazines Literaturnaja Armenija- ja Zvezda. She had also produced a lot of translations of poetry, mainly the works of French poets, such as Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Teofil Gauthier, etc. She also wrote many original poems, which were only published in the 1990s.

The common-law husband ("my first and last husband") was Samuil Davidovich Gurevich (in the family known as Mulya; 1904–1951; he was executed in the Stalinist repressions), a journalist, translator, and editor-in-chief of the journal Za Rubezhom ('Abroad'). Ariadne Èfron had no children.


  • Èfron, Ariadna (1982). Письма из ссылки. Ариадна Эфрон Б.Пастернаку (in Russian). Paris: YMCA-PRESS. p. 182. ISBN 2-85065-012-9.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (1989). О Марине Цветаевой: Воспоминания дочери (in Russian). Moskova: Sovetskiĭ pisatel. p. 480. ISBN 5-265-00670-2. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (1996). А душа не тонет. Письма 1942–1975. Воспоминания (in Russian). Moskova: Kul'tura.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2003). Рисунок. Акварель. Гравюра [Drawings, water colours, gravures] (in Russian). Moskova: Vozvraščenije. p. 72. ISBN 5-88149-134-3.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2008). История жизни, история души (3 volumes). Составление, подготовка текста, подготовка иллюстраций, примечания Р. Б. Вальбе. Том 1: Письма 1937—1955. Том 2: Письма 1955—1975. Том 3: Воспоминания, проза, стихи, устные рассказы, переводы [Life history, history of the soul] (in Russian). Moskova: Vozvraščenije. p. 1192. ISBN 978-5-7157-0166-4; 978-5-7157-0167-1; 978-5-7157-0168-8 Check |isbn= value: invalid character (help).
  • Èfron, Ariadna; Федерольф Ада (1996). Мироедиха. Рядом с Алей (in Russian). Moskova: Vozvraščenije. p. 368. ISBN 5-7157-0063-9.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2004). Жизнь есть животное полосатое. Письма к Ольге Ивинской и Ирине Емельяновой (1955—1975) (in Russian). Moskova: Studija VIGRAF. p. 276. ISBN 5-94437-004-1.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2005). Моей зимы снега. Воспоминания, рассказы, письма, стихи, рисунки (in Russian). Moskova: Novosti. p. 936. ISBN 5-88149-212-9.
  • Èfron, Ariadna; Federolf, Ada (2006). Непринудительные работы [Unforced labors: the memoirs of Ada Federolf and selected prose of Ariadna Èfron.] (in Russian). Moskova: Vozvraščenije. p. 412. ISBN 5-7157-0201-1.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2008). Аленькины вещи (in Russian). Moskova: Vozvraščenije. p. 42. ISBN 9785715701701.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2008). Нить Ариадны (in Russian). Moskova: Dom-muzeĭ Mariny Cvetajevoĭ. p. 40. ISBN 978-5-93015-101-5.
  • Èfron, Ariadna; Federolf, Ada (2010). А жизнь идёт, как Енисей… Рядом с Алей (in Russian). Moskova: Vozvraščenije. p. 408. ISBN 978-5-7157-0234-0.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2009). No Love Without Poetry: The Memoirs of Marina Tsvetaeva's Daughter (in Russian and English). p. 224. ISBN 0-8101-2589-7.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2013). Книга детства: Дневники Ариадны Эфрон, 1919–1921 (in Russian). Moskova: Russkiĭ put. ISBN 978-5-85887-435-5.
  • Èfron, Ariadna (2018). Нелитературная дружба: Письма к Лидии Бать. Предисловие Р. С. Войтеховича; примечания И. Г. Башкировой (PDF) (in Russian). Moskova: Sobranije. p. 360. Retrieved 28 January 2020.


  • Jemel'janova, Irina Ivanovna (1997). Легенды Потаповского переулка: Б. Пастернак. А. Эфрон. В. Шаламов: Воспоминания и письма (in Russian). Moskova: Èllis Lak.
  • Справочник Союза писателей СССР. ред. М. В. Горбачев, сост. Н. В. Боровская (in Russian). Moskova: Sovetskiĭ pisatel. 1970. p. 792.


  1. ^ Сводный каталог периодических и продолжающихся изданий Русского Зарубежья в библиотеках Москвы, Moscow, 1999, p. 127.
  2. ^ Èfron, Ariadna. Неизвестная Цветаева. Воспоминания дочери ['The unknown Tsvetayeva. Memoirs of her daughter']. Moscow: Алгоритм (Algoritm). ISBN 978-5-4438-0058-5.
  3. ^ Ариадна Эфрон, письма из ссылки/ Ariadna Èfron, letters 1942–48
  4. ^ В письме к Е. Я. Эфрон и З. М. Ширкевич от 22 февраля 1948 г.: «<…> я зачислена на работу с 1-го февраля <…>» (Эфрон А. С. История жизни, история души: В 3 т. / Сост., подгот. текста, примеч. Р. Б. Вальбе. М. «Возвращение», 2008. Т. 1. С. 139)
  5. ^ Из переписки Ариадны Эфрон и Бориса Пастернака (1948—1957 гг.) — М.: «Знамя», 1988, № 7 — с. 139.
  6. ^ Туруханские письма. Ариадна Эфрон — Алла Белякова. — М.: Дом-музей Марины Цветаевой, 2009. — С. 168.
  7. ^ Акварельная живопись Ариадны Эфрон — Л.: «Нева», 1989, № 4 — цветная вкладка
  8. ^ Список телефонов ЖСК «Советский писатель». — М., типография «Литературной газеты», 1966. — С. 34—35.
  9. ^ a b Ирина Чайковская: Вглядеться в поступь рока. Интервью с Руфью Вальбе (Номер 16 (147) от 16 августа 2009 г.) | Журнал «Чайка»

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