Nahum Korzhavin

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Naum Moiseyevich Korzhavin
Poet Naum Korzhavin, Boston 2012, CC- BY 3.0 Mariya Gershteyn.jpg
Naum Korzhavin in 2012
Native name Наум Моисеевич Коржавин
Born Naum Moiseyevich Mandel
(1925-10-14)14 October 1925
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 22 June 2018(2018-06-22) (aged 92)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States[1]
Occupation writer
Language Russian
Nationality Russian
Citizenship  Soviet Union,  United States
Alma mater Maxim Gorky Literature Institute[2]
Genre poetry, essays, memoirs
Notable awards Big Book National Award (2006)

Nahum (Naum[3]) Moiseyevich Korzhavin (Russian: Нау́м Моисе́евич Коржа́вин; real surname Mandel, Russian: Мандель; 14 October 1925 – 22 June 2018[4]) was a Russian poet of Jewish descent,[5] a dissident and emigrant who moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1973 and lived there 43 years.[6] He spent the last two years of his life in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to be near family.[7]

Korzhavin was given the Big Book National Award-2006 for his contribution to literature. He was the only Big Book finalist to get into the short-list with a book of memoirs.

Korzhavin created a vivid detailed picture of his life and his country in his prose work under the expressive title In Temptations of the Bloody Epoch.

In 2005 Korzhavin participated in They Chose Freedom, a four-part television documentary on the history of the Soviet dissident movement.


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