Daniil Granin

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Daniil Alexandrovich Granin
Даниил Александрович Гранин
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Born Daniil Alexandrovich German
(1919-01-01) 1 January 1919 (age 103)
Volyn, Kursk, Russia, USSR
Occupation Engineer, Soldier, Writer
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Leningrad Polytechnical Institute
Genre Fiction

Daniil Alexandrovich Granin (Russian: Дании́л Алекса́ндрович Гра́нин) (born 1 January 1919[1]), original family name German (Russian: Ге́рман),[2] is an author born in the former Soviet Union.

Granin started writing in the 1930s, while he was still an engineering student at the Leningrad Polytechnical Institute. After graduation, Granin began working as a senior engineer at an energy laboratory, and shortly after war broke out, he volunteered to fight as a soldier.[3]

One of the first widely praised works of Granin was a short story about graduate students titled "Variant vtoroi" (The second variant), which was published in the journal Zvezda in 1949. Granin had continued to study engineering and work as a technical writer before he achieved literary success, thanks to his Iskateli (Those Who Seek, 1955), a novel inspired by his career in engineering. This book was about the overly bureaucratic Soviet system, which tended to stifle new ideas.[3]

Granin served as a board member of the Leningrad Union of Writers, and he was a winner of many medals and honors including the State Prize for Literature in 1978 and Hero of Socialist Labor 1989.[4] He has continued to write in the post-Soviet era.[3]


According to The Great Soviet Encyclopedia: "The main theme of Granin’s works is the romance and poetry of scientific and technological creativity and the struggle between searching, principled, genuine scientists imbued with the communist ideological context and untalented people, careerists, and bureaucrats (the novels Those Who Seek, 1954, and Into the Storm, 1962)."[5]

In 1979, he published Blokadnaya kniga (translated as A Book of the Blockade), which mainly revolves around the lives of two small children, a 16-year-old boy and an academic during the Siege of Leningrad. Written together with Ales Adamovich, the book is based on the interviews, diaries and personal memoirs of those, who survived the siege during 1941-44.[6] It was nominated for the 2004 Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage.[7]

One of his most popular books is The Bison (1987), which tells the story of the Soviet geneticist Nikolay Timofeeff-Ressovsky.

In October 1993, he signed the Letter of Forty-Two.[8]


Below is a list of works by Granin translated into English:

  • Those Who Seek (1954)
  • Into the Storm (1962, tr. 1965)
  • "The House on the Fontanka" (1967, tr. 1970)
  • A Book of the Blockade (1979, tr. 1983)
  • The Bison: A Novel about the Scientist Who Defied Stalin (1987, tr. 1990)

Honours and awards


  1. Year of birth mistakenly given in some sources as 1918 because of a misprint in a 1964 literary encyclopedia: Vyacheslav Ogryzko, Russkie pisateli, sovremennaya epokha (Literaturnaya Rossiaya, 2004) ["Во втором томе «Краткой литературной энциклопедии» (М., 1964) дата рождения ошибочно указана 1 января 1918 года."].
  2. "Dictionary of Literary Biography on Daniil Granin". Retrieved 2011-02-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Encyclopedia of Soviet Writers". Retrieved 2013-10-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Гранин Даниил Александрович". War Heroes.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Great Soviet Encyclopedia". 1979. Retrieved 2011-02-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Daniil Granin, Ales Adamovich (2008). Leningrad Under Siege. Clare Burstall. Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 978-1-84415-458-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  7. "Second Press Release 2004". Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage. 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Писатели требуют от правительства решительных действий. Izvestia (in русский). 5 October 1993. Retrieved 21 August 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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