Boris Slutskii

Slutskii, Boris Abramovich


Born May 7, 1919, in Slaviansk, Donetsk Oblast. Soviet Russian poet. Member of the CPSU since 1943.

In 1941, Slutskii graduated from the M. Gorky Institute of Literature and published his first poems. He fought in the Great Patriotic War (1941-45). In 1957 he published his first book, Memory. It was followed by the poetry collections Time (1959), Today and Yesterday (1961), Work (1964), Contemporary Stories (1969), The Year Hand(1971), and Goodness of the Day (1973).

Slutskii’s dramatic war poems convey the authentic atmosphere of life at the front. Contemporary themes are given a factual, precise treatment, and events are viewed from the standpoint of an ordinary participant, a person concerned both with Russia as a whole and with his own everyday life. Slutskii’s poems are simple and to the point, topical in nature and verging on colloquial speech; their lyricism is restrained and severe.

Slutskii has translated works from the national languages of the USSR and from foreign languages; he also writes reviews and literary criticism. He has been awarded three orders and several medals.


Izbr. lirika. [Introductory article by VI. Siakin.] Moscow. 1965.
Pamiat’: Stikhi, 1944-1968. [Introductory article by L. Lazarev.] Moscow, 1969.
Prodlennyi polden’. Moscow, 1975.


Ehrenburg, I. “O stikhakh Borisa Slutskogo.” Literaturnaia gazeta, July 28, 1956.
Urban, A. “Stikhi i rabota.” Zvezda, 1965, no. 1.
Solov’ev, V. “Kak mchitsia vdal’ vsemirnaia istoriia.” Zvezda, 1970, no. 10.


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As Boris Slutskii wrote, "Having looked about and listened, the Russian peasant created an indisputable fact for himself: he fights more than anyone else, better than anyone else, more loyally than anyone else." (54) This inevitably led to the circulation among soldiers and officers of beliefs about the lesser degree of non-Russian losses.
Boris Slutskii highlighted this in his poems, written either at the end of the war or shortly afterward:
Major Boris Slutskii ended the war not in Germany but in Austria.
With the exception of Grossman, Boris Slutskii was undoubtedly the most worried about the late of Jews and the Jewish question.
(7) Boris Slutskii, "Zapiski o voine," O drugikh i o sebe (Moscow: Vagrius, 2005), 99.