Aleksandr Stepanovich Iakovlev

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Iakovlev, Aleksandr Stepanovich


(real surname, Trifonov-Iakovlev). Born Nov. 23 (Dec. 5), 1886, in Vol’sk, in what is now Saratov Oblast; died Apr. 11, 1953, in Moscow. Soviet Russian writer.

The son of a commercial painter, Iakovlev fought in World War I. His best-known work is Povol’niki (1922), a novella about the revolution in the Volga Region. He reflected the development of a revolutionary consciousness in the novels Man and Desert (books 1–2, 1929) and The Paths of a Simple Heart (1935) and the autobiographical novel Stages (1946). Iakovlev was also the author of collections of short stories for children, the book The Life and Adventures of Roald Amundsen (1932), and the novella Pioneer Pavel Morozov (1936; published as a play under the same title).


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