Vasily Aksyonov Dies

Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov (Russian: Васи́лий Па́влович Аксёнов) (August 20, 1932 — July 6, 2009) was a Russian novelist.

He is known in the West as the author of The Burn (Ожог, Ozhog, from 1975) and Generations of Winter (Московская сага, Moskovskaya Saga, from 1992), a family saga depicting three generations of the Gradov family between 1925 and 1953.

Generations of Winter (in Russian, Московская сага - Moskovskaya Saga) is a novel by Russian writer Vasily Aksyonov.

Many critics have praised Generations of Winter as a new Doctor Zhivago large-scale Russian novel, which tells the story of a Russian family Gradov struggling to survive in the Stalinist era.

As the Wall Street Journal has put it: "Aksyonov has ambitiously set out to challenge Tolstoy on his own ground, creating a gigantic historical novel on the grand pre-revolutionary model."

In late 2004, a TV-series based on the novel premiered on Russian television. It has 22 episodes.