Igor Vishnevetsky

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Igor Vishnevetsky
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Born Igor Georgievich Vishnevetsky
(1964-01-05) January 5, 1964 (age 53)
Rostov-on-the-Don, USSR
Occupation poet, novelist, scholar, filmmaker
Children Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Igor Georgievich Vishnevetsky (Russian: Игорь Георгиевич Вишневецкий) (born January 5, 1964[citation needed] in Rostov-on-the-Don, USSR) is a notable Russian poet and novelist. He has been a contributor and editor in numerous Russian literary journals and anthologies since the 1980s. Some of his work has been published in English, including a translated version of his first novel, Leningrad (2010).


Igor Vishnevetsky was born in Rostov-on-the-Don in 1964 to Georgiy and Alla Vishnevetsky. Vishnevetsky originally aspired to become a composer, and studied music in school before attending Moscow State University to pursue a degree in philology. After graduating in 1986, Vishnevetsky became an active member of the poetry and art scenes that existed in Moscow and St. Petersburg prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Vishnevetsky emigrated to the United States in 1992. In 1996 he received a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the Department of Slavic Languages of Brown University. Subsequently, he taught at Emory University for five years. In the 2000s, he has also become a notable music historian, and is considered an authority on Sergei Prokofiev and the Russian-American composer Vladimir Dukelsky.

He also was a visiting professor of Russian and Film at Carnegie Mellon University. It was in Pittsburgh where he composed his experimental novel Leningrad which describes dehumanizing effects of the Finno-German siege of the city during World War II and deals with transformation of former Russian capital into a Soviet city. Praised for its insights into the minds of the people who experienced the collapse of everything associated with humanity, Leningrad won a 2010 award for the best fiction published in Russia's leading literary periodical Novyi mir. In 2012 it won a prestigious "New Verbal Art (Novaya Slovesnost', or NoS)" literary award.

Since 2010 he had been working on a film version of Leningrad.[1][2] The film was completed in 2014 (a slightly shorter version in 2015) and received a number of awards.[3][4][5] Film historian and critic Andrei Plakhov called it "an absolutely amazing experiment,",[6] while film critic Evgeny Maisel considered Visnevetsky's film "a true challenge to contemporary professional film production."[7]

His son is film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.


Collected Poetry[edit]

  • Стихотворения - Poems (1992)
  • Тройное зрение - Threefold Vision (1997)
  • Воздушная почта: Стихи 1996—2001 - Air Mail: Poems 1996-2001 (2001)
  • На запад солнца - West of the Sun (2006)
  • Первоснежье - First Snow (2008)
  • Стихослов - Rhymologion (2008)


  • Ленинград - Leningrad (2010)
  • Острова в лагуне - Islands in the Lagoon (2013)

Translated Fiction[edit]

  • Leningrad (in English, 2013)
  • Leningrad (in Macedonian, 2014)

Academic Works[edit]

Feature Films[edit]

  • Leningrad (2015)

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