Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Andrei Sinyavsky: The Russian Intelligentsia

Andrei Sinyavsky (1925-97), one of the great writers in Russian literature of the last half of the twentieth century, was arrested and tried together with Yuly Daniel for publishing “anti-Soviet” works abroad. The trial became a milestone in the Russian dissident movement. Sinyavsky and his family moved to Paris in 1973, where he lectured at the Sorbonne until his retirement in 1994. A controversial figure in the Russian emigration in Paris as well as back home in Russia, Sinyavsky delivered a series of three lectures, which were subsequently published by Columbia University Press as “The Russian Intelligentsia” (1997).