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1. As a young man, this Jewish poet flirted with styles such as acmeism and symbolism. In 1933, he came out with a "Stalin Epigram". In 1938, he was sentenced to time in labour camps, and died soon after.
2. This emigre novelist and lepidopterist spent many years in Germany, the US, and Switzerland. He shared his first and patronimic names with Russian President Putin. One of his most recognizable works is the English language novel "Lolita".
3. This man was most famous as a founder of Russian "bard" movement. He wrote many songs set to his own words and music, as well as several novels including "Dilettantes' Journey".
4. This Russian writer was the great-grandson of the African slave Gannibal. He authored many works, including "Eugene Onegin", before being killed in a duel at the age of 37.
5. A Russian poet who in 1950's and 60's broke with Social Realism and, along with poets such as Voznesenski, Yevtushenko, and Akhmadulina, pioneered a newer, fresher, and freer poetry in Soviet Union.
6. This mid-19th century writer wrote biting political satire that still resonates today. He wrote about his work, "The sole object of my literary work was unfailingly to protest against greed, hypocrisy, falsehood, theft, treachery, stupidity of modern Russians". His funniest work depicts the life of a city "Glupov"; his most famous work is "The Golovlyov Family".
7. This 19th century count was an early champion of non-violent resistance. He is most famous for his realistic fiction including "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina".
8. This contemporary writer is a geneticist who lost her state accreditation after translating into Russian the banned book "Exodus" by Uris. She won the Russian Booker prize for her 2001 novel "Kukotsky's Case". Her other famous works include "Medea and Her Children", "Funeral Party", and stories such as "Orlovs-Sokolovs".
9. This man was one of the most famous Russian bards of the 1960's and 70's. While he had no official recognition, his songs (including classics "Capricious Horses", "Wolf Hunt", etc.) were recorded on bootleg tapes throughout the country. He also had a noteworthy career as an actor.
10. This poet became famous in 1810's. His major contribution to Russian literature consists of his translations of the Romantic poets. He authored the Russian anthem "God Save the Czar".
Source: Author Ptichka
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