Albert Ignatevich Opulski

Written by Никола Казански
Albert Ignatevich Opulski Albert Ignatevich Opulski

May 09, 1921 – February 25, 1986

Literary scholar, translator of Bulgarian writers, cultural figure.


Born in Yekaterinburg. In 1946, he graduated from the Institute of Philosophy and Literature in Moscow. He was a student of Boris V. Tomashevsky (1890–1957). Opulski communicated with prominent literature scholars, poets and writers such as V. V. Vinogradov, I. N. Rozanov, V. B. Shklovski, S. M. Bondi, B. M. Eichenbaum, G. A. Schengeli, L. I. Timofeev, B. L. Pasternak, A. A. Akhmatova, M. A. Kazakov, M. M. Zoshchenko, and E. P. Schwartz.

The scientific interests of Opulski were related to the work of Lev Tolstoy – he authored the following books Л. Н. Толстой в Крыму [L. N. Tolstoy in the Crimea] (1960), Л. Н. Толстой на Кавказе [L. N. Tolstoy in the Caucasus] (1960), Л. Н. Толстой в Москве [L. N. Tolstoy in Moscow] (1960), Страницы жизни Льва Толстого [Pages on the Life of Leo Tolstoy] (1964), Дом в хамовниках. Музей усадьба Л. Н. Толстого в Москве. Путеводитель [The House in Khomovniki. Museum of the estate of L. N. Tolstoy in Moscow. Guidebook] (1976). He was Research Associate and Secretary of the Museum of L. N. Tolstoy at the USSR Academy of Sciences (1946–1960).

Opulski participated in the preparation and editing of the 90th anniversary edition of the collected works of Lev N. Tolstoy, as well as the collected works of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

In the 1960’s he learned excellent Bulgarian and began to translate Bulgarian literature – works by Elin Pelin, Veselin Hanchev, Emil Koralov, Pavel Vezhinov and others. In the early 1970’s, his daughter married a Bulgarian, and Opulski settled in Bulgaria (1971–1976). During this period he published a number of translations of Bulgarian writers. In 1976, Opulski remained abroad after a trip to Austria (his grandson was allowed to leave after the intervention of Austrian President Rudolf Kirchshleger) and then immigrated to Canada, where he became professor of classical Russian literature at McGill and Montreal universities. Here he published the works Вокруг имени Льва Толстого [Around the Name of Leo Tolstoy] (1981) and Жития святых в произведениях русских писателей [Vitae of the Saints in the Works of Russian Writers] (1986). Opulski died in Vancouver, Canada.

Bibliography of the translations

  • Даскалов, Стоян Цеков. Дружба : Роман для детей и юношества. София : София-пресс, 1969.
  • Пеев, Димитър. Алиби. София : София-пресс, 1969.
  • Гуляшки, Андрей. Один день и одна ночь. София : Издательство литературы на иностранных языках, 1970.
  • Ран Босилек. Родной кров : Стихи для детей. София : София-пресс, 1970.
  • Даскалов, Стоян Цеков. Тайная вечеря Семимесячных. София : София-пресс, 1970.
  • Коралов, Эмиль. Неоновые солнца. София : Издательство литературы на иностранных языках, 1970.
  • Наковски, Атанас. В погонах и без погон. София : София-пресс, 1970.
  • Гулев, Димитър. Её удивительные глаза. София : София-пресс, 1971.
  • Елин Пелин. Ян Бибиян : Невероятные приключения одного мальчишки. София: София-пресс, 1971.
  • Станчев, Лъчезар. Я иду к партизанам. София : София-пресс, 1971.
  • Грубешлиева, Мария. Избранные рассказы. София : София-пресс, 1972.
  • Цончев, Дончо. Роман на колесах. София : София-пресс, 1972.
  • По лесам и полям : Сборник для детей. София : София-пресс, 1973.
  • Избранные стихотворения [Ханчев, Веселин]. София : София-пресс, 1974.
  • Станчев, Лъчезар. Вкусны ли жареные рыбки? София : София-пресс, 1974.
  • Цонев, Васил. По Европе : Рассказы, очерки и фельетоны об одном путешествии. София : София-пресс, 1974.
  • Гулев, Димитър. Этот молодой и дерзкий мир. София : София-пресс, 1975.
  • Современные поэты Болгарии. Москва : Советский писатель, 1975.
  • Вежинов, Павел. Гибель „Аякса". София : София-пресс, 1976.


SESDiva ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017 – S&T

SESDiva. Project № 156

SESDiva aims at creating a virtual museum of written culture in relation to the social, religious, cultural, and ideological environment and relations between the South and East Slavs throughout the centuries from the 11th to the beginning of the 20th century.

Duration: 2018-2020
Program: ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017 ‐ S&T Projects