Sergey Vikulov

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Sergey Vikulov
Born (1922-09-13)September 13, 1922
Vologda region, USSR
Died July 1, 2006(2006-07-01) (aged 83)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Education The Vologda State pedagogical institute
Period 1950s - 2000s
Genre Poetry
Subject Great Patriotic War
The life of Soviet peasantry

Sergey Vasilyevich Vikulov (Серге′й Васи′льевич Ви′кулов, September 13, 1922, Vologda region, USSR - July 1, 2006, Moscow, Russian Federation) was a Soviet Russian poet, editor and the Soviet Union of Writers' official.[1][2]


Sergey Vikulov was born in the village of Yemelyanovskaya, Vologda Oblast, into a poor peasant family. In October 1942 he volunteered for the Soviet Army and as a zenith and artillery battery commander fought at the Kalinin, then Stalingrad Fronts. Later he became the 247th Zenith and Artillery regiment's Chief of Stuff's deputy and demobilized in the rank of a Guard captain, a chevalier of several high-profile military awards, including two Orders of the Red Star.[2]

In the late 1940s Sergey Vikulov started to write poetry. In 1951 he graduated the Vologda State pedagogical institute's literary faculty and became the member of the Union of Writers of the USSR. In 1972, for his poem Alone Forever (1970) as well as The Plough and the Furrow (1972) collection he was awarded the RSFSR Maxim Gorky State Prize.[1]

In 1959-1989 Vikulov edited Nash Sovremennik, an influential conservative (neo-Slavophiliac) magazine set to propagate the traditional Russian values, as opposed to the Western-style liberal ideas. Among his best friends and allies were the authords who contributed to the magazine regularly: Viktor Astafyev, Valentin Rasputin, Fyodor Abramov, Vasily Belov, Yuri Bondarev, Vladimir Soloukhin. Several major Alexander Solzhenitsyn's works were published by Nash Sovremennik with Vikulov at the helm. In 1990 he joined the group of authors who signed the anti-reformist "Letter of the 74" which led to the break up of the Soviet Union of Writers and the formation of the 'patriotic' Union of Writers of Russia and the 'democratic' Union of Russian Writers.[1]

Sergey Vikulov died on July 1, 2006, in Moscow. He was buried at the Troyekurovskoye Cemetery.

Select bibliography

Books of poetry

  • Beyond the Lake (Zaozyorye, Заозёрье, 1956)
  • There Will Be Good Weather (Khoroshaya budet pogoda, Хорошая будет погода, 1961)
  • Bread and Salt (Khleb da sol, Хлеб да соль, 1965)
  • Bird-cherry Tree By the Window (Tcheryomukha u okna, Черёмуха у окна, 1966)
  • Plough and Furrow (Plug i borozda, Плуг и борозда, 1972)
  • The Family Tree (Rodovoye drevo, Родовое древо, 1975)
  • Trace Left in the Field (Ostalsya v pole sled, Остался в поле след, 1979)
  • Green Shoots (Vskhody, Всходы, 1982)

Major poems

  • In Blizzard (V metel, В метель, 1955)
  • Galinka's Summer (Galinkino leto, Галинкино лето, 1957)
  • Hard-earned Happiness (Trudnoye shchastye, Трудное счастье, 1958)
  • By Rights of a Fellow Countryman (Po pravu zemlyaka, По праву земляка, 1961)
  • The Overcoming (Preodoleniye, Преодоление, 1962)
  • Windows Facing the Dawn (Oknami na zaryu, Окнами на зарю, 1964)
  • Against the Skies, On Earth (Protiv neba na zemle, Против неба на земле, 1967)
  • The Iv-Mountain (Iv-gora, Ив-гора, 1969)
  • Forever Alone (Odna navek, Одна навек, 1970)
  • The Thought of Motherland (Duma o Rodine, Дума о Родине, 1977)


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