Valentin Kataev (Valentin Petrovich Katayev)

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Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire [now Ukraine]
Russian novelist and playwright Valentin Katayev was born in 1897 in the Ukraine, to a middle-class background: his father was a schoolteacher and his grandfather was a general in the Czarist army. He joined the army in 1917 during World War I, was assigned to an artillery unit, and was wounded twice. After the Russian Revolution of 1917 he joined the Bolshevik side, and fought with their forces in the Ukraine against the White Russian army. Read more...