Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Vasily Aksyonov 1932-2009

From Radio Free Europe:
Legendary Russian writer Vasily Aksyonov - one of the last Soviet-era writers to endure a ban by Kremlin censors and be stripped of his citizenship - has died in Moscow after a long illness.
More from Associated Press: "Aksyonov's death is the death of an entire era," prominent writer Viktor Yerofeyev told the ITAR-Tass news agency. "And those are not just words — Aksyonov created the literary language of the shestidesyatniki ["the '60s generation"] ... in the '60s he was an idol for the whole country."

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