Leonid Latynin is one of the most original of the "post-realists" of Russian literature since the mid-1980s. His action and reality extend in a homogeneous, elastic temporality from the pre-Christian Russia through a near future of social decomposition. The novel makes an individual memory out of the total memory of a people.— from the "Postface" to the French editionLeonid Latynin was born in 1938 in a small town on the Volga. In the private library of an Orthodox priest he discovered the pre-revolutionary Russian culture, which was in total contrast with the castrated literature taught at school. That made the strongest influence on his entire work.
After a series of manual jobs and the army service he graduated from Moscow University upon which he worked in various publishing houses while writing poetry and studying pre-Christian Russian culture. He published ten collections of his verse, but he only managed to publish his novels after perestroika: The Face-maker and the Muse in 1988; Sleeper at Harvest Time in 1993, and Stavr and Sara in 1994. Sleeper at Harvest Time was published in French translation by Flammarion in 1992, and in English translation by Zephyr Press in 1994.
He has lived in Moscow since 1960.
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