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Aksyonov, Vasily

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(1932-2009) Russian author (see Mainstream Writers of SF), one of those whose careers began in the Khrushchev Thaw; he responded to the subsequent chill by emigrating to the USA in 1980, where he became a citizen, and where he taught at several universities before 2004, when he returned to Russia. He wrote two sf novels: Ozhog: roman v trekh knigakh (written late 1960s/early 1970s; 1980; trans Michael Glenny as The Burn: A Novel in Three Books 1984) plays with Reincarnation and Alternate History tropes in the course of tracking various versions of one protagonist through various eras; Ostrov Krym (1979; trans Michael Henry Heim as The Island of Crimea 1983) [for further details see Checklist below] is a powerful Alternate History story set in a Crimea which is an Island (not, as in this world, a peninsula), and where a pre-revolutionary government has survived a 1920 Invasion from the mainland. The real-life model is obviously China/Taiwan; generations later, a grotesquely decadent materialist and capitalist Crimea, its citizens bewitched by the charisma of Mother Russia, long to reunite. Skazhi izium (1985; trans Anonina W Bouis as Say Cheese! 1989) is a surreal Fabulation; Quest for an Island (coll trans various hands 1987) assembles fantasies and plays. [VG/JC]

Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov

born Kazan, USSR: 20 August 1932

died Moscow: 6 July 2009



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