(story - as Vladimir Voynovich)
Vladimir Vojnovich | Vladimir Voynovich
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I wanted to be a realist, writing about what I saw. Almost like journalism. But when I published my work, which I thought was really true-to-life, they said, 'You're writing satire.' I wasn't, it was just life that was so absurd. The more I've depicted life, the deeper I've gone, the more I've become a satirist. Or so they say.
He first gained national fame in the early 1960s, when he wrote a song, loosely translated as "Fourteen Minutes to Liftoff", that became a favorite of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
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