Bestuzhev, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich

Bestuzhev, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich

(əlyĭksän`dər əlyĭksän`drəvĭch byĭsto͞o`zhəf), pseud.

Cossack Marlinsky

(kŏs`ăk märlĭn`skē), 1797–1837, Russian novelist and poet. He wrote popular romantic tales in the Byronic manner. As an officer in the guards he joined the DecembristsDecembrists
, in Russian history, members of secret revolutionary societies whose activities led to the uprising of Dec., 1825, against Czar Nicholas I. Formed after the Napoleonic Wars, the groups comprised officers who had served in Europe and had been influenced by Western
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 and was exiled to Siberia. He was later transferred to the Caucasus, where he found the material for his best novel, Ammalat Bek (tr. 1843).
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