Klaus Mehnert

Klaus Mehnert was born in Moscow in 1906. His German family left Russia when the First World War broke out in 1914. His father was killed in action on the western front in 1917; his mother, born of German parents in Russia and deeply steeped in Russian culture, imbued her son with a love for Russian literature and kept alive his knowledge of the Russian language. Between 1929 and 1936 and again between 1955 and 1983, he visted the USSR frequently, sometimes once a year, spending a total of about six years there. As a German citizen, he travelled extensively between the Arctic Ocean and central Asia and tranversed Siberia five times.

At the age of 26 he published his first book on Russia. It was based on his personal observations and was translated into a dozen languages. Very early he considered literature a useful means of exporing the Russian mood. His later publications on Russia have also been concerned with the human aspect and with Soviet literature.

Klaus Mehnert's Books

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The Russians and Their Favorite Books

Author: Klaus Mehnert
ISBN: 978-0-8179-7821-1

The fiction that Russian adults read.

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