Konstantin Simonov: a brief biography

Starting conditions

Astrologers claim that human life path defines distant and passionless shines in heaven. Kirill Mikhailovich Simonov came to light on November 28, 1915 in the family of a Russian general. The father was at the front at that point. Her mother, Alexandra Obolenskaya, lived in Petrograd. The boy never managed to see his father, who soon fell the death of the brave in battle. After a short time, the mother together little Kirill moved in with relatives in Ryazan. In her new place, she married military specialist Alexander Ivanishev for the second time.

As a child, Simonov could not reprimand the letter “l”. And so I didn’t like to give my name. Then the parents began to call the son Constantine. The childhood and adolescence of the future writer took place in constant transitions. The stepfather was transferred from one garrison to another, and the boy learned from his own experience all the hardships of military service. After graduating from seven classes of comprehensive school, Simonov entered a factory school and received a specialty as a turner. He was accepted into the friendly staff of the Saratov metal plant.

Creative activity

Already in school years the future poet read a lot and tried to engage in literary creativity. Over time, that craze developed into habit. In the early 30s, the family moved to Moscow. Here Simonov continued to work at the Red Proletary plant and entered the Litinstitut correspondence department. In 1936, selections of his poems appeared in the pages of the magazines “New World” and “Banner”. Three years later, when hostilities began in Mongolia on the river Khalkhin-Gol, he was sent there by the specikore of the newspaper “Red Star”.

In 1940 Simonov’s play “The Story of One Love” was staged on the stage of Moscow’s Lenkom Theatre. A year later, the audience saw another production, “The Guy from Our Town”. When the war broke out, Simonov was called into the army and sent to the editorial office of the army newspaper “Battle Banner”. For four long years in the war Konstantin Mikhailovich carried out the tasks set by the editor-in-chief of the newspaper. The meaning of the work of war correspondent Simonov stated in short lines of the poem — from Moscow to Brest, there is no place where we wander in dust.

Recognition and personal life The

poet’s calling card was the poem “Wait for Me”. Fighters at the front learned him by heart. Rewriting these lines and sending in letters home. In the postwar period, the writer published several books, including the novel “The Living and the Dead”, on which a miniseries film was made.

Simonov was awarded the honorary title Hero of Socialist Labour. The writer is a multiple winner of the Stalin Prize. He was awarded the orders of Lenin, the fighting Red Banner, many medals.


writer’s personal life piled up dramatically. He was legally married three times. Konstantin Mikhailovich Simonov retired from life in August 1979.

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