Leonid Leonov

Leonid Leonov

[lee-oh-nawf, -nof; Russ. lyi-aw-nuhf]
Leonid Maximovich Leonov (Russian Леонид Максимович Леонов; May 31, 1899August 8, 1994) was one of the most notable Soviet novelists, styled the 20th-century Dostoyevsky for the deep psychological torment of his prose. During the Russian Civil War, he worked as a reporter. His dark novel The Thief (1927), set in the criminal underworld of the Russian capital, was warmly welcomed by critics in Russia and abroad. In 1934, he helped Maxim Gorky to found the Union of Soviet Writers. Immediately after the start of World War II, Leonov penned several patriotic plays, which were quickly made into movies and won him the USSR State Prize (1943). His novel The Russian Forest (1953) was acclaimed by the authorities as a model Soviet book on World War II and received the Lenin Prize. In 1967, Leonov was named a Hero of Socialist Labour. He was admitted to the Soviet Academy of Sciences five years later. During the last decades of his life, he worked upon the dark nationalistic-religious epic The Pyramid (1994).

Leonid Leonov's The Escape of Mr. McKinley (Бегство мистера Мак-Кинли) has been published in the Anthology of Modern Science Fiction in 25 volumes (Библиотека современной фантастики), volume 19, Moscow, Molodaya Gvardiya, 1965 — 1973.


  • Badgers
  • The Thief
  • Sot' (Soviet River) (1929)
  • Skutarevskij (1930-1932)
  • Road to the Ocean
  • The Russian Forest
  • Publitsistika
  • Pesy
  • Saranča (locusts)
  • Rasskazy
  • Literatura i vrem¸a (Biblioteka Russko¸ Khudozhestvenno¸ publitsistiki)
  • Evgenia Ivanovna: Povest
  • Vor: Roman
  • Vz¸atie Velikoshumska: Povest
  • Izbrannoe
  • Kasar: Román
  • The Pyramid


  • 1963 Русский лес (The Russian Forest) - screenplay
  • 1975 Бегство мистера Мак-Кинли (The Escape of Mr. McKinley) - screenplay

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