Yuri Nagibin
Yuri Nagibin (1920-1994) is a past master of literary entertainment. His prose is transparent and light, yet it is a precise recording of his time. He is one of the few Soviet-era writers who has been rediscovered, not only abroad, but also at home in Russia. He could not be considered either a Party writer or a dissident. He went his own way, because he found his niche in film. Eleven films have been made based on his scenarios, including the Oscar-winning "Dersu Uzala" (Directed by Akira Kurosawa), "Stand Up and Walk" (Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes and the Golden Lion in Venice, both times for the best scenario). His other scenarios have won prizes in Locarno, San Sebastian, Prague and New Delhi. In 1989, he was awarded the prize for the "Best European Author”.