VOLOGDA, December 5 (Itar-Tass) — Writer Vassily Belov died on December 4 at the age of 80, Vologda RegionGovernor Oleg Kuvshinnikov announced in his blog.
"Writer Vassily Ivanovich Belov, our fellow-countryman, who became a classic during his lifetime, is no more. I am offering my condolences to the relatives and next-of-kin of the deceased," Kuvshinnikov wrote in his post.
Vassily Belov was born in Timonikha Village, Vologda Region, on October 23, 1932. Ever since his young years, his verses and short stories were published in provincial newspapers and magazines. In 1964, Belov graduated from the Literary Institute named after Maxim Gorky. The publication of the story "Privychnoye Delo" (Habitual Thing) in 1966 placed Belov's name among the foremost authors in the "countryside prose" genre.
Vassily Belov is a writer of world renown, one of the founders of Russia's countryside prose, the author of the stories "Privychnoye Delo, "Plotnitskiye Rasskazy" (Carpenter's Tales), the novel "Kanuny" ( The Eves) and a book of essays about folk aesthetics, entitled Lad (Harmony).