Margarita Iosifovna Aliger

Aliger, Margarita Iosifovna


Born Sept. 24 (Oct. 7), 1915, in Odessa. Russian Soviet poet. Member of the CPSU from 1942.

Aliger studied at the Gorky Literary Institute from 1934 to 1937; she published her first work in 1933. The striving to open up the spiritual world of the contemporary Soviet individual is at the heart of her poems: the collections Year of Birth (1938), Stones and Grasses (1940), Memories of the Brave (1942), Lyrics (1943), First Signs (1948), The Lenin Hills (1953), A Few Paces (1962), and Poems (1967), and others; the poems “Zoia” (1942; State Prize of the USSR, 1943), which is devoted to the partisan Zoia Kosmodem’ianskaia; “Your Victory” (1945); the plays Tale of Truth (1945) and First Thunder (1947), and others. She has translated Soviet (Ukrainian, Azerbaijani, and Uzbek) and foreign poets, and she has been awarded two orders.


Izbrannoe. Moscow, 1947.
Stikhotvoreniia: Zoia: Poema. Moscow, 1961.
Vozvrashchenie ν Chili: dva puteshestviia. Moscow, 1966.
Ogromnyi mir: stikhi zarubezhnykh poetov ν perevode Margarity Aliger. Moscow, 1968.


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