Maxim Gorky Literature Institute
The institute has been at the same location, not far from Pushkin Square, for more than seventy years, in a complex of historic buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The main building at 25 Tverskoy Boulevard was the birthplace of Alexander Herzen and frequented by well-known writers of the 19th century, including Nikolai Gogol, Vissarion Belinsky, Pyotr Chaadayev, Aleksey Khomyakov, and Yevgeny Baratynsky.
In the 1920s it housed various writers' organizations and a literary museum. It also provided accommodations for writers, including Andrei Platonov, Vsevolod Ivanov, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak. Mikhail Bulgakov used it as the model for "Griboyedov House" in The Master and Margarita.
The institute's curriculum includes courses in the humanities and social sciences and seminars on a variety of literary genres, including prose, poetry, drama, children's literature, literary criticism, writing for the popular press, and literary translation. It has graduate and doctoral programs and a standing committee for doctoral and candidate dissertation defenses. The institute offers a two-year program of Advanced Literary Courses for highly qualified students, and its Literary Institute oversees an Advanced Literary Translation School, as well as courses in Editing, Copyediting and Foreign Languages. It also has a high school and offers preparatory courses for applicants to the Literary Institute.
- Maithripala Sirisena (President of Sri Lanka)
- Halima Xudoyberdiyeva (People's Poet of Uzbekistan)
- Chinghiz Aitmatov (Novelist)
- Bella Akhmadulina (Poet)
- Maria Arbatova (Writer, feminist and politician)
- Viktor Astafyev (Novelist)
- Yuri Bondarev (Writer)
- Nambaryn Enkhbayar (Novelist, President of Mongolia between 2005—2009)
- Alexander Galich (Poet, singer-songwriter)
- Rasul Gamzatov (Poet)
- Boris Golovin (Poet, singer-songwriter)
- Jaroslav Melnik (Writer)
- Fazil Iskander (Novelist)
- Saginbay Ibragimov (Writer)
- Ismail Kadare (Novelist, poet)
- Oleg Khafizov (Writer)
- Oleg Pavlov (Writer)
- Hovhannes Shiraz (Poet)
- Viktor Pelevin (Novelist)
- Viktor Rozov (Dramatist, screenwriter — "The Cranes Are Flying")
- Babylen Tatarsky (Poet)
- Yury Trifonov (Writer)
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Poet, singer-songwriter, novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter)
- Vasily Belov (writer)
- Yuri Kazakov (writer)
- Alexander Karpenko (Poet, essayist)
- Anatoly Kim (writer)
- Yuri Kuznetsov (poet)
- Nikolay Rubtsov (poet)
- Drago Siliqi (writer, literary critic, and publisher)
- Konstantin Simonov (writer)
- Fatmir Gjata (Writer, journalist)
- Jabir Novruz (National Poet of Azerbaijan)
- Renata Verejanu (Writer) Republic of Moldova
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