Yevgeny Petrov (writer)

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Yevgeny Petrov
Yevgeny Petrov (1930)
Yevgeny Petrov (1930)
Native name
Евгений Петрович Катаев
BornYevgeny Petrovich Katayev
December 13 [O.S. November 30] 1902
Odessa, Russian Empire
DiedJuly 2, 1942
Rostov Oblast, Soviet Union
OccupationNovelist, journalist
Notable worksThe Twelve Chairs
The Little Golden Calf
One-storied America

Yevgeny Petrov, also named Evgeny or Yevgeni Petrov (Евгений Петров) was the pen name of Yevgeny Petrovich Katayev (Евгений Петрович Катаев; December 13 [O.S. November 30] 1902 in Odessa – July 2, 1942)[1] who was a popular Soviet author in the 1920s and 1930s. He often worked in collaboration with Ilya Ilf. As Ilf and Petrov, they wrote The Twelve Chairs, released in 1928, and its sequel, The Little Golden Calf, released in 1931.


Following Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union, Petrov became a war correspondent. He was killed in a plane crash while returning from besieged Sevastopol. The short film Envelope was dedicated to him.

He was the brother of Valentin Katayev.


  1. ^ Sergey Shargunov (2016). Катаев: "Погоня за вечной весной" (in Russian). Molodaya Gvardiya. p. 101. ISBN 978-5-235-03917-9.