Nahum Korzhavin

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Naum Moiseyevich Korzhavin
Left to right poets Mikhail L Gershteyn & Naum Korzhavin, Boston 2012, CC- BY 3.0 Mariya Gershteyn.JPG
poets Mikhail L. Gershteyn and Naum Korzhavin, Boston, 2012
Native name Наум Моисеевич Коржавин
Born Naum Moiseyevich Mandel
(1925-10-14) October 14, 1925 (age 96)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Occupation writer
Language Russian
Nationality Russian
Citizenship  Soviet Union,  United States
Alma mater the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute
Genre poetry, essays, memoirs
Notable awards the Big Book National Award (2006)

Nahum (Naum) Moiseyevich Korzhavin (Russian: Нау́м Моисе́евич Коржа́вин; real surname Mandel, Russian: Мандель; 14 October 1925 in Kiev) is a Russian poet of Jewish descent,[1] a dissident and emigrant living in Boston.[2] He recently moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to be near family.

Korzhavin was given the Big Book National Award-2006 for his contribution into literature. He was the only Big Book finalist to get into the short-list with a book of memoirs.

Korzhavin created a vivid detailed picture of his life and his country in his prose work under the expressive title In Temptations of the Bloody Epoch.

In 2005 Korzhavin participated in "They Chose Freedom", a four-part television documentary on the history of the Soviet dissident movement.


  1. Marson, James (18 December 2007). "Radical Heart Beats Anew". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 8 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Mydans, Seth (23 September 1984). "WRITING WITHOUT ROOTS". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 8 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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