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Ivan Kataev
Born (1902-05-27)27 May 1902
Moscow, Russian Empire
Died 19 August 1937(1937-08-19) (aged 35)
Soviet Union
Alma mater Moscow State University
Occupation writer, journalist

Ivan Ivanovich Kataev (Russian: Ива́н Ива́нович Ката́ев; 27 May 1902 – 19 August 1937) was a Soviet novelist, short story writer, and journalist.


Kataev was born in Moscow. His father was the uncle of Andrey Kolmogorov, and his mother was the niece of Pyotr Kropotkin. In 1919 he joined the Red Army and the CPSU and participated in the fighting against Anton Denikin. After leaving the military Kataev studied in the Economic Department of Moscow State University.[1]

Kataev's first works were published in 1921. From 1926 to 1932 he was the leader of the literary group Pereval, which included Eduard Bagritsky, Mikhail Prishvin and Pyotr Pavlenko, among others.[1] His works include the novellas The Heart (1928), Milk (1930), and The Encounter (1934) and the collections of essays Movement (1932) and The Man on the Mountain (1934).[2]

He made numerous long trips as a journalist to the Kuban, Altai Republic, Kola Peninsula, Armenia and many other places, providing him with material for his fiction.[1]

His novel Milk was attacked on ideological grounds as a work that preached religion. His works were attacked throughout the mid 1930s, eventually leading to his arrest and execution as an "enemy of the people" in 1937. He was rehabilitated in 1956.[1]

English translations[]

  • Immortality, from Anthology of Soviet Short Stories, Vol 1, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1976.
  • The Wife, from Great Soviet Short Stories, Dell, 1990. ISBN 0440331668


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Atarov, Nikolai (1976). Immortality, Anthology of Soviet Short Stories, Vol 1; Introduction. Moscow: Progress Publishers. p. 53. 
  2. "The Great Soviet Encyclopedia". Gale Group. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 

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