Bestuzhev, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich (əlyĭksänˈdər əlyĭksänˈdrəvĭch byĭstōˈzhəf) [key], pseud. Cossack Marlinsky kŏsˈăk märlĭnˈskē, 1797–1837, Russian novelist and poet. He wrote popular romantic tales in the Byronic manner. As an officer in the guards he joined the Decembrists and was exiled to Siberia. He was later transferred to the Caucasus, where he found the material for his best novel, Ammalat Bek (tr. 1843).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.