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Arrested in 1849 for belonging to a literary group that discussed banned books critical of Tsarist Russia, he was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted at the last moment.
His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist.
Her work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935–40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror.
Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, he is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre.
She lived through and wrote of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Moscow famine that followed it.
He was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès.
He was also an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems.
Later critics have found in his work a fundamentally romantic sensibility, with strains of surrealism and the grotesque
He was among the signers of the Futurist manifesto, A Slap in the Face of Public Taste
One of his recent novels, Day of the Oprichnik, describes a dystopian Russia in 2027, with a Tzar in the Kremlin, a Russian language with numerous Chinese expressions, and a "Great Russian Wall" separating the country from its neighbors.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, but was forced him to decline the prize.
Stalin liked his play Days of the Turbins very much and reportedly saw it at least 15 times.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was engaged as a war correspondent by the Red Army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda;
In her late 60s, she started a singing career, creating new lyrics for her favorite songs. Since 2008, she has been regularly performing as a cabaret singer in Moscow