Other Literary Forms
Varlam Shalamov was primarily a writer of short stories, although the particular nature of the genre he developed is unique. His stories are a blend of fiction and nonfiction. Shalamov was also a poet, and his only works to be published in the Soviet Union have been poems. A collection of poems titled Shelest List’ev (rustling of leaves) was published in 1964 and Tochka kipeniia: Stikhi (boiling point: poems) appeared in Moscow in 1977. Shalamov has also written essays, in particular Ocherki prestupnogo mira (n.d.; essays on the criminal world).