Vera Inber

Vera Inber

Odessa, Odes'ka, Ukraine
Death 11 Nov 1972 (aged 82)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Plot Section 29
Memorial ID 23980910 · View Source
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Author. Her international fame rests on "A Leningrad Diary" (1946), a harrowing firsthand account of civilian life during the Nazis' 900-day siege of the city (1941 to 1944). The blockade killed almost 1 million of Leningrad's inhabitants and Inber herself nearly died of starvation, yet even her darkest observations were imbued with an unbreakable patriotism and the heart to survive. Despite occasional lapses into propaganda, her book is valued for its literary merit and as an important World War II document. Her long poem "Pulkovsky Meridian", about the early days of the siege, won a 1946 Stalin Prize. Vera Mikhailovna Inber was born in Odessa, Russia, the daughter of a publisher, and partly educated in Paris. In her first books of verse, "Melancholy Wine" (1914) and "Bitter Delights" (1917), she imitated the lyrical style of Acmeist poet Anna Akhmatova; later she settled into a more traditional narrative style. After the 1917 Revolution she welcomed the new Bolshevik regime and her subsequent writings have a strong pro-Soviet bent. This culminated with her joining the Communist Party in 1941, shortly before she moved to Leningrad on the heels of Hitler's invasion of the USSR. During the siege Inber braved hunger and bombardments to broadcast defiant poetry over the radio. In the postwar years she delved into translation and children's literature. Inber's other works include "To the Non-Existant Son" (1927), "America in Paris" (1928), "Georgian Travel Diary" (1939), and "April" (1960).

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