Remizov, Aleksey Mikhailovich (əlyĭksyāˈ mēkhĪˈləvĭch rĕˈmēzəf) [key], 1877–1957, Russian novelist, short-story writer, and painter. Remizov's emphasis on style, especially his ornamentation of colloquial speech, influenced many Soviet writers (e.g., Babel and Pilnyak). In early novels such as The Clock (1908, tr. 1924) and The Pond (1908) he described the squalor and brutality of middle-class life in Russian provincial cities. Remizov also wrote many religious legends and grotesque fairy tales. He left Russia in 1921 and settled in Paris, where he continued an active career as both a writer and painter.
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