- Yury Trifonov
Yury Valentinovich Trifonov ( _ru. Юрий Валентинович Трифонов;
August 28, 1925- 28 March, 1981) was a leading representative of the so-called Soviet "urban prose", a 1970s movement inspired by the psychologically complicated works of Anton Chekhovand his 20th-century American followers. As one of his critics noted, "Yuri Trifonov's prose may serve as a university course on Soviet civilization".
Trifonov was born in the luxurious apartments on the
Arbat Streetand spent his whole life in Moscow. After his father, Valentin Trifonov, was purged by Stalinin 1937, his family moved from the famous House on Embankment(just across the river from the Kremlin), into a sordid kommunalka.
Trifonov attended a literary institute between 1944 and 1949. His first novel, "The Students" (1950), won him the
USSR State Prize. Trifonov's subsequent works treated such topics as moral ambivalence of Soviet intelligentsiaand tragic vicissitudes of Cossackdom during the Russian Civil War.
Trifonov's best regarded and most widely read pieces are half a dozen "Muscovite novellas": "Exchange" (1969), "Preliminary Conclusions" (1970), "The Long Good-Bye" (1971), "Another Life" (1975), and (most importantly) "House on the Embankment" (1976). These works are ranked among the most stylish, richly textured and aesthetically satisfying written in the Soviet period.
* [http://www.sovlit.com/bios/trifonov.html Yuri Trifonov on www.sovlit.com]
* [http://www.peoples.ru/art/literature/prose/roman/trifonov/index.html Yuri Trifonov on peoples.ru ]
* [http://it.stlawu.edu/~rkreuzer/ltrn101/trifonov.htm Reading on Yuri Trifonov]
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