The most famous of the ‘village prose’ writers and, to many, the best living Soviet writer, Valentin Grigor’evich Rasputin was born on 15 March 1937 in a village on the Angara river, 300 miles from the Siberian city of Irkutsk. After finishing his studies at the history and philosophy departments of Irkutsk University in 1959, Rasputin worked as a journalist.


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Works and Secondary Literature in English

  1. Money for Maria, Soviet Literature, 1969, no. 4.Google Scholar
  2. ‘French Lesson’, Soviet Literature, 1975, no. 1. This story is also reprinted in Soviet Russian Stories of the 1960s and 1970s (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1977).Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sigrid McLaughlin
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  1. 1.Stevenson CollegeUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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