Sergei Antonov

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Antonov, Sergei Petrovich


Born May 3 (16), 1915, in Petrograd. Soviet Russian writer.

Antonov graduated from the Leningrad Highway Institute in 1938. His first short story, “Spring,” was published in 1947, and he is the author of collections of short stories entitled Trucks Are Moving Along the Highways (1950, awarded the State Prize of the USSR in 1951), Peaceful People (1950), and others. Antonov’s novellas include Lena (1948), Dubenskii Region Chastushkas (1950; film of the same name, 1957), The Pen’kovo Affair (1956; film of the same name, 1958), Empty Run (1960; film of the same name, 1963), Alenka (1960; film of the same name, 1961), Torn Ruble (1966), and Petrovich (1966). Basically devoted to the description of present-day village life, Antonov’s short stories and novellas are distinguished for the sharpness of the moral problems which they raise, their lyrical tone, humor, and the exactness of their verbal characteristics. He has also written a book entitled Letters About a Short Story (1964). Antonov has been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor as well as medals.


Izbrannoe: 1947–1953. Moscow, 1954.
Povesti i rasskazy: 1954–1960. [With an afterword by A. Makarov.] Moscow, 1961.
Povesti i rasskazy. Moscow, 1963.


Starikova, E. “Dve povesti S. Antonova.” In her book Poeziia prozy. Moscow, 1962.
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Ninov, A. “Osmyslenie sovremennosti.” Neva, 1967, no. 2.
Ognev, A. S. Antonov: Kritiko-biograficheskii ocherk. Saratov, 1968.
Russkie sovetskie pisateli-prozaiki: Bibliograficheskii ukazatel’, vol. 1. Leningrad, 1959.
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Sergei Antonov, Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia: Debt, Property, and the Law in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, viii + 387 pp.
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