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Alexander Grin – famous writer

Alexander Grin – famous writer

Alexander Grin – famous writer


Alexander Grin was a Russian writer, poet, author of philosophical and psychological works.
Alexander Stephanovich Grinevsky was born on August 23, 1880, Vyatka province, Russian Empire. His father Stefan Grinevsky was an exiled Polish rebel. He was an employee and did not think of anything, except for a timely payment of salaries. But his eldest son Sasha was very different. At the age of eight the boy received three chests full of books about adventures, brave travelers and unknown distant countries.
After school Sasha went to Odessa dreaming of becoming a sailor. The boy was fascinated by southern bright city. Sasha managed to get a job as a cabin boy and even sailed to Alexandria. However, he left the ship very soon. Then he wandered around the country and tried many jobs, but did not find a job for himself.

Later he was imprisoned and exiled for agitation among workers and sailors. He stayed in exile for several days, obtained a fake passport and fled to Petersburg… He decided to become a writer and took pseudonym Grin, most likely to avoid the persecution of the authorities. At first he wrote realistic prose, the heroes of which were ordinary people. Soon he began to publish several dozen stories a year.
He wrote his most famous novel Scarlet Sails.
In Crimea, on the shores of the warm sea, the author wrote his great novels Golden Chain, Running on the Waves, The Road to Nowhere. But in the end of the 1920s, they stopped to publish his unbelievable stories. The Soviet literature didn’t need “ideologically alien” novels.
Alexander Stephanovich completely lost interest in life. He fell seriously ill, refused to eat. Great writer died in the summer of 1932, according to the official version, from stomach cancer, but in fact, as his biographers suggest, from the famine and the moral impasse. His life ended in the same way as the lives of many thousands of talented people who did not know how to compromise with the authorities.
The triumphant return of Grin to literature occurred only a quarter of a century after his death. Millions of copies of his novels and short stories were published in the early 1960s. And in 1961 Alexander Ptushko made the film Scarlet Sails.
After his death Grin left much more than just books. He left a whole world where impossible things are real you just need to believe in them: the lights of Liss and Zurbagan, scarlet sails, flying man and running on the waves.

Alexander Grin – famous writer

Illustrations for Alexander Grin’s stories