Viktor Muizhel

Muizhel’, Viktor Vasil’evich


Born July 18 (30), 1880, in the village of Uza, Pskov Province; died Feb. 3, 1924, in Leningrad. Russian author.

Muizhel’ was the son of a minor official. His first published work appeared in 1903. At the heart of Muizhel’s many short stories and novellas and of his novel The Year (1911) is the Russian countryside. He was influenced by Narodnik (Populist) ideology and depicted peasant unrest as something spontaneous and unrelated to general social processes. Some of Muizhel’s works re-create scenes of a stagnant philistine way of life. After the October Revolution of 1917, Muizhel’ wrote short stories, novellas, and the play Spring Wind (1923).


Sobr. soch, 11 vols., 2nd ed. St. Petersburg, 1911–12.
Poslednie rasskazy. Preface by P. Medvedev. Moscow-Leningrad, 1926.


Pikkiev, I. “Bytopisatel’ russkoi derevni.” In the almanac Na beregakh Velikoi, book 10. Pskov, 1958.
Istoriia russkoi literatury kontsa XIX-nachala XX veka. Moscow-Leningrad, 1963. (Bibliographical handbook.)