Vasily (Pavlovich) Aksenov

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Vasily (Pavlovich) Aksenov 1932–

(Also transliterated as Aksyonov) Russian novelist, short story writer, and dramatist.

Aksenov's early fiction deals with the post-war generation of Soviet youth and is very popular within his native country. However, conservatives in the Soviet Union fault Aksenov's writing for its overtones of political satire and for its lack of didactic purpose. Aksenov's plays, in their attempt to capture the contemporary scene, rely on stylistic wordplay including slang, jargon, and other popular culture idioms.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 53-56.)