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Sergei Pavlovich Zalygin
(December 6, 1913 - April 19, 2000) Russia

Sergei Zalygin

Author, editor


Born in Durasovka, he was a respected Soviet novelist and the first non-Communist Party editor in chief of the monthly literary magazine Novy Mir (1986-1988).

During Zalygin’s tenure at Novy Mir he took advantage of Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost policy and published many previously banned writings, including Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago, works by Vladimir Nabokov and Joseph Brodsky, and, after a long struggle with the censors, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago.

He was Academician of the Section of Humanities and Social Sciences since December 7, 1991. Zalygin was widely known as an environmentalist, and a prominent critic of the Siberian Rivers Rerouting Project.


His work include:

  • Na Irtyshe (On The Irtysh, 1964)
  • Solyonnaya pad (Salt Valley, 1968)
  • Iuzhno-Amerikansky Variant (South American Variant, 1973)
  • Komissiya (Commission, 1975) Sequel to "Salt Valley".
  • Posle buri (After the Storm, 1985)
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