Shefner, Vadim

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(1915-2002) Russian author known mostly for his poetry (from circa 1940) and mainstream fiction. Two short novels, "Čelovek s pjatio 'Ne'" (1967 Zvezda nr 4; trans Alice Stone Nakhimovsky and Alexander Nakhimovsky as "The Unman") and Devushka u obryva ili Zapiski Kovrigina ["Kovrigin's Chronicles"] (1964 Literature Rossija nrs 39-44, 46; 1970; trans Antonina W Bouis as "Kovrigin's Chronicles"), were published together as The Unman; Kovrigin's Chronicles (omni 1980). Both are – like other work assembled as Skromny Genii ["A Modest Genius"] (coll 1974), Imia Dlia Ptitsy ["The Name for the Bird"] (coll 1976), Kruglaia Taina ["The Round Mystery"] (coll 1977) and Skazki Dlia Unmykh ["Fairy-Tales for Smart Ones"] (coll 1985) – poetical and sometimes ironical borderline fantasies: modern urban fairy-tales. Shefner's full-length novel, Latchuga Dolzhnika ["A Debtor's Hovel"], is a mature literary work, combining elements of sf with those of philosophical prose. He received the Russian Aelita Award in 2000. [VG]

see also: Scientists.

Vadim Sergeevich Shefner

born Petrograd, Russia: 12 January 1915

died St Petersburg, Russia: 5 January 2002

works

  • "Čelovek s pjatio 'Ne'" ["The Unman"] (1967 Zvezda nr 4) [novella: mag/]
  • "Devushka u obryva ili Zapiski Kovrigina" ["Kovrigin's Chronicles"] (1964 Literature Rossija nrs 39-44, 46) [mag/]
    • The Unman; Kovrigin's Chronicles (New York: Macmillan, 1980) [trans by Alice Stone Nakhimovsky and Alexander Nakhimovsky of "The Unman" above: trans by Antonina W Bouis of "Kovrigin's Chronicles" above: hb/Richard Powers]
  • Skromnyj gernij ["A Modest Genius"] (Moscow, USSR: Molodaia gvardiia, 1974) [coll: title story first appeared 1963 Nedelija 41: binding unknown/]
  • Imia Dlia Ptitsy ["The Name for the Bird"] (Moscow, USSR: So. pisatelʹ, Leningradskoe otd-nie, 1977) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Kruglaja Tajna ["A Total Mystery"] (Moscow, USSR: Detskaia, 1977) [coll: title story first appeared 1970 Zvezdsa 10: binding unknown/]
  • Skazki Dlia Unmykh ["Fairy-Tales for Smart Ones"] (Leningrad, USSR: Judozh, 1985) [coll: binding unknown/]

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