Nikolai Vasilievich Berezovsky is a Soviet and Russian writer, prose writer and poet. He also writes serious critical essays, contemporary drama, children's literature and publishes poetry collections.
Childhood and youth
The biography of the writer begins in the summer of 1951 in the small village of Ust-Zaostrovka, which is located on Sakhalin near Omsk. Nikolai was born into the family of a hereditary Cossack, military physician Vasily, the son of the legendary Siberian writer Feoktist Berezovsky.
Unfortunately, Nikolai's father died early and he had to grow up in a boarding school. Already at the age of fifteen, having completed his school education as an external student, the future writer went to work, first as a mechanic at a factory, then as a loader, a general laborer in geological exploration. But even then he made sketches of his future works and published in local newspapers.
His literary works did not go unnoticed. By the end of the sixties, Nikolai published his poems and stories in the magazines "October", "Youth", "North", "Ural Pathfinder" and others, and then left for Moscow, where he entered the Gorky Literary Institute.
By the eighties, Nikolai Berezovsky became a member of the Union of Writers and Journalists of Russia. His children's prose has been translated into Japanese and many European languages. And the story "Three Lemons for the Beloved", written based on the novel by O. Henry "Peaches", became the basis for the 1987 film of the same name.
This comedy tells the story of a young husband trying to get lemons for his beloved wife, who just gave him a son. He rushes about the city, then leaves for neighboring villages, but nowhere can he get the cherished fruits, which were a huge deficit in the USSR in the eighties. The film was shot in the writer's hometown - Omsk.
In addition to children's literature and life stories, Berezovsky writes stories about his famous fellow countrymen, poems dedicated to Siberia, topical journalism, literary criticism, describes the nature and people of his native land. Berezovsky is a laureate and prize-winner of various literary competitions.
In 2015, Berezovsky was sued by the then head of the Omsk Union of Writers, an assistant to the State Duma deputy Erofeev, demanding from her fellow countryman compensation for the moral and physical damage caused to her by the plagiarism accusation in Nikolai's article. A literary official claimed that she developed health problems after the accusation.
However, Valentina Erofeeva could not prove her case, besides, Berezovsky presented many more convincing facts confirming that Erofeeva more than once copied other people's works, passing them off as her own. As a result, the court dismissed the claim, and the official lost her reputation forever.
The famous Siberian is married and has a daughter, Masha, to whom he devotes all his publications in recent years.