Nikolai Ostrovsky

Nikolai Ostrovsky

Birth
Ukraine
Death 30 Dec 1936 (aged 32)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 8986234 · View Source
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Author. As a teenager in his native Ukraine, he joined a Red Army guerrilla band and fought successively against German occupying forces, the White Guard, and Ukrainian nationalists; wounded several times, he was invalided out of service in 1921. By 1929 Ostrovsky was blind, paralyzed by polyarthritis, and living in dire poverty. He spent four years working on his semi-autobiographical novel "How The Steel Was Tempered" (1935), dictating most of it from his bed. An inspirational account of a young man overcoming great adversity in order to serve his country, it sold 5 million copies and was touted as a model of "Socialist Realism." Ostrovsky was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1935. He died at 32, leaving a second novel unfinished.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 25 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8986234
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nikolai Ostrovsky (29 Sep 1904–30 Dec 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8986234, citing Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .