“Limonov – The Ballad”, a turbulent journey in the footsteps of a writer with a thousand lives

“Limonov – The Ballad”, a turbulent journey in the footsteps of a writer with a thousand lives
“Limonov – The Ballad”, a turbulent journey in the footsteps of a writer with a thousand lives

Published on May 19, 2024 at 5:44 p.m. / Modified on May 19, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Born Edouard Veniaminovitch Savenko in 1943, writer in New York and Paris after a childhood in Kharkiv, Edouard “Eddie” Limonov (a pseudonym he created from the words “lemon” and “pomegranate”) died in Moscow in 2020 after having lived a thousand lives. At first a little thug and occasional poet, he tried his luck in the Russian capital before choosing dissidence and becoming a writer in his own right in the United States – where he lived in poverty then found work as a butler – then becoming a dandy in Paris in the 1980s. But Limonov was also a politician adept at all extremes and a mercenary capable of appearing alongside the Serbian genocidal Radovan Karadzic.

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