Alexei Michailowitsch Remisow

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Alexei Mikhailovich Remisov

Alexei Mikhailovich Remisov (Russian: Алексей Михайлович Ремизов; stress: Alexéi Mikháilovich Remisov; b. 24 Junejul./ 6 July 1877greg. inMoscow; † 26 November 1957 in Paris) was a Russian writer.


Remisov was born the son of a merchant. He first attended commercial school and then studied mathematics and physics at Moscow University. In 1897 he was sent into exile to northern Russia (including Vologda) for his participation in a student demonstration. There he tried to organize a strike in Penza, which earned him another conviction. Now he occupied himself with the Russian language, with Russian proverbs, wrote and published his first stories, and also took part in theatrical performances. Around 1900 he met his future wife, the translator Serafima Dowgello.

In 1905 he returned from exile and moved to Saint Petersburg, where he worked as a contributor to the journal Voprosy shisni.

Remisov, who was called an oddball by those around him, first tried his hand at acting, stage and make-up design, singing and painting. He also dreamed of becoming a pyrotechnician. In the end, he had the greatest success as a writer.

Remisov belonged to Russian Symbolism, but also extends temporally into Surrealism. He associated with Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Ivan Bunin and Mikhail Kuzmin, among others. The dream was always at the center of his work,[1] both his own dreams and imaginary ones.[1] His style, influenced by the vernacular, was interspersed with dialectal and archaic elements and was considered “ornamental”.[1]

In 1921 Remisow emigrated to Berlin and settled in Paris in 1923, where he died in 1957.



  • The Clock (1904, Russian: Часы)
  • The Pond (1905, Russian: Пруд)
  • Sisters in the Cross (1910, Russian: Крестовые сёстры)
  • The Fifth Plague (1912)
  • Gang auf Simsen, from the Russian by Annelore Nitschke, Suhrkamp 1991


  • Leimonarium (1907-1911)

Fairy tale collection

  • Run of the Sun (1906, Russian: Посолон)
  • Princess Mymra. Novellen und Träume. Weimar 1917


  • With Eyes Clipped (1957, Russian: Подстриженными глазами)


  • Ilya Ehrenburg: People – Years – Life (Memoirs), Munich 1962, Special Edition Munich 1965, Volume II 1923-1941, pp. 51-57 (Portrait), ISBN 3-463-00512-3
  • Thomas Urban: Russische Schriftsteller im Berlin der Zwanziger Jahre, Berlin: Nicolai, 2003, pp. 22-31; ISBN 3-89479-097-0, 78-99.

Web links

Commons: Aleksey Remizov– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. a b c Adrian Wanner: Miniaturwelten – Russische Prosagedichte von Turgenjew bis Charms; Chapter: Kurzbiographien und Anmerkungen (bilingual anthology). Pano Verlag, Zurich 2004, ISBN 3-907576-73-X, p. 208 f.