Yuri Krotkov

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Krotkov, Yuri 1917–

Krotkov is a Russian novelist, dramatist, autobiographer, and screenwriter who defected to the West in 1963. He has utilized several literary genres to describe life in Russia: the documentary, as in The Angry Exile; the burlesque novel, as in The Red Monarch; and, most recently and most controversially, the documentary novel, as in The Nobel Prize. This last work tells the story of Boris Pasternak, fictionalizing the real events concerning the Nobel Prize he won, but was not permitted to accept. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vol. 102.)