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Vasily Aksyonov
(August 20, 1932 - July 6, 2009)

1812 Wyoming Ave. NW, Adams Morgan neighborhood, DC.

The author of over 20 novels in Russian and English, Aksyonov, one of the most prominent Russian writers of the late 20th century, was stripped of his Soviet citizenship and lived for 24 years in exile in DC and Fairfax, VA, teaching at George Mason University and working as a journalist for Radio Liberty. His most famous works are The Burn (1975) and Generations of Winter (1992).

Aksyonov was a leader in the "youth prose" movement of the 1950s and 60s. His avant garde writing, liberal values and involvement with an independent magazine led to confrontation with Soviet authorities, although his citizenship was re-instated in 1990, during Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika. In 2004, he resettled in Moscow, dividing his time between Russia and France.


4434 Lingan Rd. NW, Palisades neighborhood, DC.