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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: A. (Andrei) Siniavskii papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1998
    Collection number: 98054
    Creator: Siniavskii, A. (Andrei), 1925-1997
    Extent: 130 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (55.1 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Writings, diaries, correspondence, interrogation and trial records, printed matter, sound recordings, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to Russian literature, civil rights in the Soviet Union, political trials and conditions of political prisoners in the Soviet Union, and Russian émigré affairs. Includes records of the Russian-language Paris journal Sintaksis, published and edited by A. Siniavskii.
    Language: Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], A. (Andrei) Siniavskii papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1998.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1925 Born, Moscow, U.S.S.R.
    1941-1945 Graduates from the Moscow Aviation School and serves as an airfield radio technician
    1946-1952 Studies at Moscow University
      Receives doctorate in literature
    1952-1965 Teaches literature at the Gorkii Institute of World Literature, Moscow University, and the Moscow Art Theater
      Co-author of books on Russian poetry, author of articles in Novyi mir, and of an introduction to Boris Pasternak: Stikhotvoreniia i poemy
      Author of essay On Socialist Realism and creative writings, published abroad under the pseudonym of Abram Terts
    1965 Arrested for dissemination of anti-Soviet propaganda. Imprisoned in Lubianka and Lefortovo prisons. Sentenced to seven years of hard labor
    1966-1971 Serves part of sentence in Potma (Mordovia) labor camps
      Is released early and returns to Moscow
    1973 Emigrates to Paris, France
    1973-1975 Author, under the pseudonym of Abram Terts, of Golos iz khora, Progulki s Pushkinym, and V teni Gogolia
    1978 With Mariia Rozanova, begins publication of the journal Sintaksis
    1980 Author, under the pseudonym of Abram Terts, of Kroshka Tsores
    1982 Author, "Opavshie list'ia" V. V. Rozanova
    1984 Author, under the pseudonym of Abram Terts, of Spokoinoi nochi
    1988 Author, Sovetskaia tsivilizatsiia
    1991 Author, Ivan-durak: Ocherk russkoi narodnoi very
    1996 Dies, Paris, France

    Scope and Content Note

    The Andrei Siniavskii papers consist of material related to the life and work of the Russian writer and political activist Andrei Siniavskii, both in Russia and abroad, from the 1930's to 1997.
    The collection includes a wealth of biographical material related to his family and childhood, found in the series related to his parents, Donat Siniavskii and Evdokiia-Torkhova-Siniavskaia. Of special interest, here, are the diaries of his mother, which include descriptions of his childhood and childhood drawings. The biographical file further includes documentary material related to the trial of Andrei Siniavskii and Iulii Daniel, as well as reports in the Western press about his arrest, trial and exile to France.
    A major part of the collection consists of Siniavskii's scholarly work and creative writing, found in the speeches and writings series, including preparatory material, drafts and printed copies of writings on scholarly, political and cultural subjects, as well as creative writing under the pseudonym of Abram Terts. Also of interest is material related to his political activity, especially as seen through the eyes of the Western media, including newspaper interviews and radio programs.
    Finally, the collection as a whole reflects the political and cultural life of the post-Soviet emigration (1970's-1980's). Of special interest in this respect is the Sintaksis file, which reflects the development of one particular trend within the former dissident movement.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Political crimes and offenses--Soviet Union.
    Political prisoners--Soviet Union.
    Russians in foreign countries.
    Dissenters--Soviet Union.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Russian literature.
    Civil rights--Soviet Union.

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