Konstantin M. Azadovsky


PhD in Philology, 

Associate Professor,

Corresponding Member of the German Academy of Language and Literature, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg PEN Club (Darmstadt, Germany / St. Petersburg, Russia)

Researcher ID: U-4876-2019

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PhD thesis:

Franz Grillparzer, Austria's National Playwright (Origins and Philosophical and Aesthetic Problems of His Work)

Research interests:

  • Russian poetry of the Silver Age (K. Balmont, A. Blok, Andrey Bely, S. Yesenin, N. Klyuev and others),
  • Russian-German cultural links of the 19th-20th centuries

Organizational activities:

Member of the Editorial Board of the journals Zvezda, Voprosy literatury, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, Literary Fact


Laureate of the F. Gundolf Award of the German Academy of Language and Literature (1989)

Winner of the Austrian Ministry of Culture and Art Prize (1991)

Winner of the Honorable Mention of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) (1995)

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, officer degree (2011)

Laureate of the Efim Etkind Prize (2012)

Laureate of the K.D. Balmont All-Russian Prize (2011)

Teaching activities:

1963-1980 - foreign language courses ​​in Leningrad and Petrozavodsk

1980 - headed the Department of Foreign Languages ​​at the V.I. Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design. 


Selected scientific publications


  • Plots and Fates: German-Russian Reflections. Moscow, Litfakt Publ., 2019. 320 p. (Series: ROSSICA. Russia and the West. Literary connections and contacts, Issue 2.) (In Russ.)
  • The Story of One Falsification. Moscow, ROSSPEN Publ., 2011. 263 p. (Co-authored with L. Azadovskaya) (In Russ.)
  • “Gagarya Fate” by Nikolai Klyuev. St. Petersburg, INAPRESS Publ., 2004. 199 p. (In Russ.)
  • The Life of Nikolai Klyuev. St. Petersburg, Izdantel'stvo zhurnala «Zvezda» Publ., 2002. 368 p. (In Russ.)
  • Balmont and Japan. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 1991. 192 p. (Co-authored with E.M.Dyakonova). (In Russ.)

Selected Essays

  • “Marrism and Soviet Folklore Studies: From the Archives of Mark Azadovsky.” Literaturnyi fakt, no. 1 (27), 2023, pp. 217–245. https://doi.org/10.22455/2541-8297-2023-27-217-245 (In Russ.)
  • “‘Reality, Not a Terrible Dream’ (Letter by E.K. Tsvetkovskaya to V.F. Seeler).” Russkaia literatura, no. 4, 2022, pp.  85–90. (In Russ.)
  • "Rainer Maria and Heinrich Abeles. About an ‘Academic Publication’" Voprosy literatury, no. 3, 2019, pp. 183–202. DOI: 10.31425/0042-8795-2019-3-183-202 (In Russ.)
  • "Letters of K.D. Balmont to I.S. Shaykovich (1933–1934) (Continuation)." Russkaia literatura, no. 4, 2018, pp. 159–189. DOI: 10.31860/0131-6095-2018-4-159-190 (In Russ.)
  • "K. D. Balmont’s letters to I. S. Šajković (1935-1938). E. K. Tsvetkovskaya’s letters to v. P. and I. S. Šajković (1935) (Final Part)."Russkaia literatura, no. 4, 2019, pp. 166–190. DOI: 10.31860/0131-6095-2019-4-166-190 (In Russ.)
  • "Articles from the Dictionary of Literary Biography Russian Writers, 1800–1917 (M.A. Sukennikov. S.N. Shil’)." Literaturnyi fakt, no. 7, 2018, pp. 358–384. DOI 10.22455/2541-8297-2018-7-358-384 (In Russ.)
  • "Balmont in Margarita Sabashnikova's Diaries.", introd., publ., comm. By K. Azadovsky. Voprosy literatury, no. 6, 2017, pp. 342–377. (In Russ.)
  • "K. D. Balmont’s Letters to I. S. Shaykovich (1929-1932)", Russkaia literatura, no. 4, 2017, pp. 70–112. (In Russ.)