Boris Lavrenyov

Boris Andreyevich Lavrenyov (Russian: Борис Андреевич Лавренёв) (real name Sergeyev), born July 4 (18), 1891 in Kherson, died January 7, 1959 in Moscow, was a Soviet Russian writer and playwright.[1]

Boris Lavrenyov
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Born(1891-04-18)April 18, 1891
Kherson, Russian Empire
DiedJanuary 7, 1959(1959-01-07) (aged 67)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Lavrenyov was born to the family of a literature teacher. He got his education at the Law department of the Moscow University. At the time he wrote poetry and joined a Moscow Futurists group called Mezonin poezii (A Mezzanine of Poetry). He fought in World War I and the Russian Civil War. During the latter he took part in combat in Turkmenistan, served as a commander of an armoured train, and also wrote for the Red Army military newspaper. His poetry was first published in 1911 and his prose works in 1924. He was twice awarded the Stalin Prize – in 1946 and 1950.

Lavrenyov's story "Sorok pervyi" ("The Forty-First", first published in Zvezda in 1924) was twice adapted to film, in 1927 by Yakov Protazanov and in 1956 by Grigori Chukhrai.[2]

English translationsEdit

  • The Forty-First, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1926. English summary from
  • Such a Simple Thing, from Such a Simple Thing and Other Soviet Stories, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1959. from
  • The Courageous Heart, Progress Publishers, 1978.
  • The Heavenly Cap, from The Fatal Eggs and Other Soviet Satire, Grove Press, 1994.


  1. ^ "Lavrenev, Boris Andreevich // Brief literary encyclopedia / Ch. ed. A. A. Surkov. - M.: Soviet Encyclopedia, 1962-1978". Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  2. ^ "Маша, Марютка, Маргарита. Пять сильных женщин классической русской литературы" [Masha, Maryutka, Margarita. The Five Strong Women of Russian Classical Literature]. (in Russian). God Literatury. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2021.

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