Vadim Sobko

Vadim Sobko

Ukrainian Soviet writer
Date of Birth: 18.05.1912
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Vadim Sobko
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Contributions during World War II
  4. Themes and Literary Style
  5. Awards and Legacy

Biography of Vadim Sobko

Vadim Nikolaevich Sobko was a Ukrainian Soviet writer and the recipient of the Stalin Prize of the third degree in 1951. He was born on May 5, 1912, in Moscow, in a military family. Sobko became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1940.

Early Life and Education

In 1930, Sobko completed vocational school and went on to work as a fitter at the Kharkov Tractor Plant from 1930 to 1934. He then pursued his studies at the Philological Faculty of Kiev University from 1934 to 1939. Sobko's first works were published in 1930, and he went on to publish around 30 books during his career. Some of his notable works include "Blood of Ukraine," "Caucasus," "Fire of Stalingrad," "Distant Front," and "Path of the Stars." However, Sobko gained particular renown for his trilogy "Star Wings" (1937-1950).

Contributions during World War II

In June 1941, Sobko joined the Red Army and actively participated in combat during the Great Patriotic War. He collaborated with the front-line newspapers "Defender of the Homeland" (9th Army) and "Soviet Soldier" (5th Shock Army). Sobko was severely wounded during the capture of Berlin. From 1946 to 1947, he worked in the editorial office of an army newspaper and then served as the head of the Culture Department at the newspaper "Soviet Word" under the Soviet Military Administration in Berlin from 1947 to 1950. After his service, Sobko was demobilized with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Themes and Literary Style

Sobko's works primarily revolved around the events of the war and the lives of Soviet people in the post-war era. His writings were characterized by moral and ethical problems, dynamic plots, and sharp intrigue.

Awards and Legacy

Vadim Sobko passed away in 1981 and was laid to rest at the Baikove Cemetery in Kiev. Throughout his career, he received several accolades, including the Stalin Prize of the third degree in 1951 for his novel "Pledge of Peace" (1950) and the State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR named after T. G. Shevchenko in 1975 for his novel "Lihobor." He was also awarded two Orders of the Red Banner, an Order of the Red Star, an Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree, and several other orders and medals.