Iconic historian of Soviet literature Marietta Chudakova dies of COVID-19

Marietta Omarovna Chudakova Death – Cause of Death – Marietta Omarovna Chudakova, the chairman of the All-Russian Bulgakov Foundation, passed away on the 21st of November 2021. She was a Soviet and Russian literary critic, historian, and doctor of philological sciences, writer, memoirist and public figure. Marietta was diagnosed with COVID-19 in November 2021, and was taken to intensive care.

She was a member of the Moscow Writer’s Union and the European Academy. Marietta has made more than 200 publications on 20th century Russian literature, including works on Bulgakov, Zoshchenko, and Tynianov. She worked at the faculty of the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow and was a visiting professor at many prominent Universities including the University of South Carolina, Stanford University, and École Normale Supérieure, among others.

In the year 1969, Marietta was chosen as Laureate of the Prize of the Moscow Komsomol and in 1970, she was inducted into the Union of Soviet Writers. Marietta has been a devoted member of Academia Europaea for 30 years. In 2007, she was included in the first three candidates of the party Union of Right Forces in the elections to the State Duma. She was married to the literary critic Alexander Chudakov and has a daughter.

Wikipedia said in 2014, Marietta was one of 180 representatives of different professions who signed an open letter headlined Do Not Cave In. Do Not Succumb to Lies protesting the Russian annexation of Crimea.

Khodorkovsky Communications Center said in reaction to her death; “Marietta Chudakova, a great historian of Soviet literature and a powerful voice of the Russian opposition, has died of Covid. Marietta Chudakova was a chair of the Bulgakov Foundation, a literary theorist, critic, and writer. A highly respected authority on Russian literature, she was working at the faculty of the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow and has been a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina, Stanford University, and École Normale Supérieure, among others. She was a member of the Moscow Writer’s Union and the European Academy. She has more than 200 publications on twentieth-century Russian literature, including works on Bulgakov, Zoshchenko, and Tynianov.”

Photo Credit – Khodorkovsky Communications Center

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