Apartment of Natalia Kind-Rozhanskii

Address: 4–2 Dmitriia Ulianova Street, Moscow

Photo: Emil Gataullin, Memorial Society Photo Archive

Photo: Emil Gataullin, Memorial Society Photo Archive

Shalamov often visited the geologist Natalia Kind, with whom he became close friends in the 1960s. Natalia Kind was a friend of many members of the literary intelligentsia of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Nadezhda Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Natalia Stolyarova.

In the second half of the 1960s, she helped to smuggle Shalamov's manuscripts abroad for publication. Moreover, the majority of the famous voice recordings, in which Shalamov reads his poems aloud, were recorded in Kind's apartment.

Natalia Kind. Photo: famhist.ru

Natalia Kind. Photo: famhist.ru

Varlam Shalamov is reading his novel "Dr. Kuzmenko's Chess" at Natalya Kind's place

In the 1970s, when Shalamov broke off his relations with many members of the dissident intelligentsia, his communication with Kind ceased as well. However, after his death, the funeral feast was held in Kind's home.

Sergey Solovyov