Lev Abramovich Kassil (Russian: Лев Абра́мович Касси́ль) (27 June 1905, Pokrovskaya – 21 June 1970, Moscow) was a Soviet writer of juvenile and young adult literature, depicting Soviet life, teenagers and their world, school, sports, cultural life, and war.
|Born||June 27, 1905|
Pokrovskaya, Russian Empire
|Died||June 21, 1970 (aged 64)|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Resting place||Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow|
Born into a Jewish family June 27, 1905 in Pokrovskaya sloboda (now the city of Engels) in Saratov Governorate. Finished a local gymnasium later transformed into a United labour school. In 1923 Kassil entered Moscow State University, where he studied aerodynamics. He published his first tale in 1925, and eventually became a REF and LEF member. In 1927 Mayakovsky invited him to share in the magazine called New LEF. His most important works were two autobiographical novels for young people dealing with student life before the Revolution, Konduit (The conduct book, 1929, tr. as The Black Book) and Shvambraniya (1931, tr. as The Land of Shvambrania); the two were revised and combined into one book called Konduit i Shvambraniya (1935, tr. as The Black Book and Shwambrania).
In 1936 was the premiere of the film The Goalkeeper written by Lev Kassil.
His books were often "development novels" describing how young people could, despite their mistakes, reach a mature view of life. Modesty, unselfishness, endurance, and courage were virtues that Kassil held dear.
In 1950 he received the Stalin Prize for his book «Улица младшего сына» (1949, co-authored with M. Polyanovsky), the life story of young Volodia Dubinin and his struggle during the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
- The Black Book and Schwambrania (1930-1933) - «Кондуит и Швамбрания»
- The Great Opposition
- The Goalkeeper of the Republic (1938) - «Вратарь республики»