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Igor Vishnevetsky

Igor Vishnevetsky
Born (1964-01-05) January 5, 1964
Rostov-on-the-Don, USSR
Occupation poet, novelist, scholar, filmmaker
Children Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Igor Georgievich Vishnevetsky (Russian: Игорь Георгиевич Вишневецкий) (born January 5, 1964 in Rostov-on-the-Don, USSR) is a notable Russian poet and novelist. He has been a contributor and editor in numerous Russian literary journals and anthologies since the 1980s. Some of his work has been published in English, including a translated version of his first novel "Leningrad" (2010).


  • Biography 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • Collected Poetry 2.1
    • Fiction 2.2
    • Translated Fiction 2.3
    • Academic Works 2.4
    • Feature Films 2.5


Igor Vishnevetsky was born in composer, and studied music in school before attending Moscow State University to pursue a degree in philology. After graduating in 1986, Vishnevetsky became an active member of the poetry and art scenes that existed in Moscow and St. Petersburg prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Vishnevetsky emigrated to the United States in 1992, but now splits his time between the United States and Russia (he has remained a Russian citizen). In 1996 he received a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the Department of Slavic Languages of Brown University. Subsequently, he taught at Emory University for five years. In the 2000's, he has also become a notable music historian, and is considered an authority on Sergei Prokofiev and the Russian-American composer Vladimir Dukelsky.

He also was a visiting professor of Russian at Carnegie Mellon University. It was in Pittsburgh where he composed his experimental novel "Leningrad" which describes dehumanizing effects of the Finno-German siege of the city during World War II and deals with transformation of former Russian capital into a Soviet city. Praised for its insights into the minds of the people who experienced the collapse of everything associated with humanity, "Leningrad" won a 2010 award for the best fiction published in Russia's leading literary periodical "Novyi mir". In 2012 it won a prestigious "New Verbal Art (Novaya Slovesnost', or NoS)" literary award.

Since 2010 he has been working on a film version of "Leningrad" [1] [2].

His son is film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.


Collected Poetry

  • Стихотворения - Poems (1992)
  • Тройное зрение - Threefold Vision (1997)
  • Воздушная почта: Стихи 1996—2001 - Air Mail: Poems 1996-2001 (2001)
  • На запад солнца - West of the Sun (2006)
  • Первоснежье - First Snow (2008)
  • Стихослов - Rhymologion (2008)


  • Ленинград - Leningrad (2010)
  • Острова в лагуне - Islands in the Lagoon (2013)

Translated Fiction

  • Leningrad (in English, 2013)
  • Leningrad (in Macedonian, 2014)

Academic Works

Feature Films

  • Leningrad (2015)

External Links:

  • Texts for Online Magazine "Vavilon" (in Russian)
  • Recent Texts (in Russian)
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