See J. M. Blum, Konstantin Fedin (1967).
Fedin was born in Saratov, Russia. During the 1920s, he belonged to a literary group called the Serapion Brothers, who supported the Revolution but wanted freedom for literature and the arts. His first story, The Orchard, was published in 1920. Other well-known novels include An Unusual Summer and Cities and Years.
From 1959 until his death he served as chair of the Union of Soviet Writers.