Vladimir Corban

Vladimir Corban

Belarusian Soviet fabulist, satirist, translator.
Date of Birth: 12.08.1910
Country: Belarus

Biography of Vladimir Korban

Vladimir Korban was a Belarusian Soviet fable writer, satirist, and translator. He was born into a working-class family. In 1926, he started working as a lathe operator at the "Krasny Oktyabr" (Red October) factory in the village of Baran. In 1930, after completing evening school, he obtained his secondary education. From 1930 to 1932, he worked as a lathe operator at the Leningrad Shipbuilding Plant. In 1932, he became a member of the Communist Party. From 1932 to 1934, he served in the Red Army.

Afterwards, Korban worked as the chairman of the factory committee at the "Krasny Oktyabr" plant in Orsha and led the construction committee of a flax combine. In 1939, he participated in the campaign of the Red Army in Western Belarus. He pursued studies at the Minsk Law Institute, completing two courses through distance learning.

During the Great Patriotic War, Korban served as a commander of a rifle company and worked in the operational department of a division's headquarters. He took part in battles near Bryansk and Oryol, as well as in the liberation of Belarus and Eastern Prussia.

From 1946 to 1952, Korban returned to work at the "Krasny Oktyabr" plant in Orsha, serving as the chief mechanic, workshop manager, and head of the personnel department. From late 1946 to January 1948, he was the director of a plant in Lida. In 1952, Korban joined the Belarusian satirical-humoristic journal "Vozhyk" and became its chief editor from 1967 to 1971.

He was awarded the Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Patriotic War (second degree), the Red Star, and the "Sign of Honor," as well as various medals. His first fables were published in the Belarusian republican press in 1946.

Korban authored fables, feuilletons, humorous stories, and jokes that were included in collections in the Belarusian language. He also published several collections of poems and fables for children. Korban translated works by Ivan Krylov, Lesya Ukrainka, and others into Belarusian. Some of Korban's works have been translated into Russian and Ukrainian. In Russian translations, collections such as "Fables" (Leningrad, 1956), "Brigade Kum" (Leningrad, 1962), and "The Infatuated Walrus" (Moscow, 1970) were published. In Ukrainian translation, the collection "Ton of Ashes" (Russian: "Ton of Ash"; Kyiv, 1964) was released. Korban's works were also included in the second volume of the anthology "Belarusian Soviet Poetry" (Russian: "Belarusian Soviet Poetry"; Kyiv, 1971) in Ukrainian.