Igor Golomstock (1939-2017

Robert Chandler Discussion

Igor and I first met about 40 years ago and quickly became friends. I am in debt to him in many ways. Amongst much else, it was he who first encouraged me to translate some of Varlam Shalamov's stories and - a few years later - Vasily Grossman's LIFE AND FATE. Igor’s recent death, in a London hospital, is a great loss.


Very best wishes to all,


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I have been asked to write another obituary, for Slavic Review. For this I'll be writing less about TOTALITARIAN ART, and more about Igor's life and work as a whole. If anyone has any thoughts about Igor's books, memories of personal meetings, anything they think I could usefully include - PLEASE send them to me! All the best, Robert