Sakharnov, Svyatoslav 1923–

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Sakharnov, Svyatoslav 1923–

(S. Sakharnov, Svyatoslav Vladimirovich Sakharnov)

PERSONAL: Born March 12, 1923, in Artemovsk, Ukraine, U.S.S.R.; son of Vladimir (a metallurgist) and Maria (a homemaker) Sakharnov; married first wife, Aleksandra, 1947 (marriage ended, 1978); married second wife, Larisa (a physics professor), 1978; children: Igor, Vladimir, Olga. Ethnicity: "Russian." Education: Attended naval academy in Leningrad, U.S. S.R. (now St. Petersburg, Russia), 1940–44.

ADDRESSES: Home—22-1-18 Novorossiyskaya Str., St. Petersburg 194156, Russia.

CAREER: Navy of the U.S.S.R., 1944–60, including assignments as captain of torpedo boat, 1944–45, and staff officer, 1945–60, retiring as commodore; writer, 1960–. Kostyor (children's magazine; title means "Campfire"), editor in chief, 1973–88.

AWARDS, HONORS: Nomination as one of the best books for children in the world, International Board on Books for Young People, 2004, for Leopard v skvorechnike.



(Under name S. Sakharnov) Wondrous Ships, Progress (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1975.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Who Lives in the Warm Sea?, translated by Eve Manning, illustrated by N. Ustinov, Progress (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1975.

Lions and Sailing Ships (juvenile fiction; originally published as L'vy i parusniki,), translated by Glenys Ann Kozlov, illustrated by Mikhail Belom-linsky, Raduga Publishers (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1982.


Morskie skazki (fairy tales), [Leningrad, U.S.S.R.], 1958.

Gak i Burtik v Strane bezdel'nikov (short stories), [Leningrad, U.S.S.R.], 1959.

Solnechnyi mal'chik (short stories), [Leningrad, U.S.S.R.], 1961.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Puteshestvie na "Trigle" (short stories), Detskaya Literatura (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.), 1963.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Odinadtsat' vos'minogikh (fiction), Detskaya Literatura (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1965.

Kak ya spas Magellana (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1965.

Beznogie golovonogie (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1968.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Trepangolovy (sequel to Puteshestvie na "Trigle"), Sovetskaya Rossiya (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1968.

Ram i Rum, Detskaya Literatura (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1969.

Del'finii ostrov (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1969.

Tsunami (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1971.

Ostrov vodolazov (short stories), [Leningrad, U.S.S.R.], 1972.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Podvodnye priklyucheniya (short stories), Detskaya Literatura (Moscow, U.S. S.R.), 1972.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Po moryam vokrug Zemli (for children), Detskaya Literatura (Moscow, U.S.S. R.), 1972.

Raznotsvetnoe more, (short stories and fairy tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1974.

V gostyakh u krokodilov (juvenile), Detskaya Literatura (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1974.

Os'minogi za steklom (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S. R.], 1975.

Skazki o l'vakh i parusnikakh (fairy tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1975.

Devochka i del'fin (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1977.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Belye kity: Puteshestviya i priklyucheniya (juvenile short stories), Lenizdat (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.), 1978.

Skazki iz dorozhnogo chemodana (fairy tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1979.

Slony na asfal'te (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1979.

Chto ya videl v Tanzanii (short stories), [Moscow, U.S. S.R.], 1981.

(Under name S. Sakharnov) Bukhta komandora (short stories), Molodaya Gvardia (Moscow, U.S.S.R.), 1983.

Skazanie o Rama, Site i letayushchei obez'yane Khanumane, [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1986.

Pochemu u kita bol'shoi rot (short stories and fairy tales), [Leningrad, U.S.S.R.], 1987.

V mire del'fina i os'minoga (short stories), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1987.

Izbrannoe, Volume 1: Rasskazy i skazki, Volume 2: Povesti i rasskazy, [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1987.

Krabishkin dom (fairy tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1988.

Loshad nad gorodom (novels), [Leningrad, U.S.S.R.], 1990.

Istoriya korablia (tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1990.

Leopard v skvorechnike (fairy tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1991.

Ariy kamen (tales and fairy tales), [Moscow, U.S.S.R.], 1991.

Kamikadze (novels), [St. Petersburg, Russia], 1992.

Legenda o letuchem gollandse (legend), [Moscow, Russia], 1995.

Morskaya azbuka (short stories), Neva (St. Petersburg, Russia), 2000.

Syn leitenanta Smidta (novel), Neva (St. Petersburg, Russia), 2000.

Bolshaya kniga snaniy o mozjach i okeanakh (encyclopedia), Ast Astrel (Moscow, Russia), 2001.

Set dla bolshogo lva (short stories), Karo (St. Petersburg, Russia), 2004.

Selenije stranizy (short stories and tales), Detgiz (St. Petersburg, Russia), 2005.

Rasskazy o zivotnich (short stories), Ast Astel (Moscow, Russia), 2005.

Translator into Russian of books published in English, German, and Polish.

SIDELIGHTS: Svyatoslav Sakharnov, the author of many children's stories and fairy tales, once told CA: "My books contain much of my biography. I was a diver; I took part in the war against Nazi Germany and Japan; I traveled a great deal in Africa, Cuba, India, and the Arctic; I have lived in national parks; I have spent much time in underwater laboratories and swum among coral reefs."

More recently, the author added, "I've begun to write books for grownups and have published several novels. I continue to write fairy tales and books about nature and sea animals."

Later, Sakharnov wrote: "My primary motivation for writing is my love of the sea and the world of nature. I go to the coast, I dive, and I write."



Reading Teacher, December, 1984, review of Lions and Sailing Ships, p. 339.

School Library Journal, August, 1984, Elaine E. Knight, review of Lions and Sailing Ships, p. 76.