Happy Birthday, Sergei Dovlatov!
The present Doodle praises the 80th birthday celebration of Russian journalist and author Sergei Dovlatov. Both at home and abroad, Dovlatov caught the contemporary experience of Soviet citizens and dissidents in his masterful yet irreverent writing—regarded among the most persuasive and generally read Russian literature of the late 20th-century.
Sergei Dovlatov was brought into the world on this day in 1941 in the Eastern Russian city of Ufa and was brought up in Leningrad (presently St. Petersburg) in a group of creatives. He made his initial living as a journalist and composed fictional short stories that mirrored the particulars of every day Soviet life. Because of government censorship, his writing was first published in the last part of the 1970s through samizdat, an underground publication network.
Dovlatov emigrated to New York City in 1979, conveying a lone suitcase with the desire for literary freedom. He before long set up a good foundation for himself in U.S. writing circles as the co-editor of “The New American,” a successful émigré newspaper.
The first of his brief tales were published in 1980 by “The New Yorker” which acquainted a mass readership with Dovlatov’s trademark brand of Russian humor. After this achievement, he wrote a new book every year. This assortment of work incorporates “The Suitcase,” referred to in the Doodle fine art. This cherished 1986 collection of witty autobiographical short stories was inspired by the contents of the bag he conveyed with him to the U.S.
In spite of the fact that his work wasn’t published in his nation of origin until 1989, Dovlatov is a commonly recognized name in Russia today. His legacy is concretized on Sergei Dovlatov Way, a New York city street corner where Dovlatov wrote a large number of his most renowned works.
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