Yury Dombrovsky

Yury Dombrovsky (1909-1978) was born in Moscow, the son of a Jewish lawyer. He was arrested for the first time as a student in his second year of theatre studies in 1932 and exiled to Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan, where he published his first novel, Derzhavin. In 1937 he was arrested again and sent to a camp in northeast Siberia. Between 1943 and 1949 he lived in Alma-Ata teaching foreign literature; there he completed The Monkey Comes for His Skull, which he had begun in prison hospital, and wrote...See more