May 31, an envelope with an original stamp dedicated to the 125th birth anniversary of Konstantin Paustovsky, a writer, is issued

Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky (1892–1968) was a writer, a Russian literature classic, a member of the Union of Writers of the USSR.

Paustovsky wrote his first stories On The Water and The Four in 1913, while in the last grade of the Kyiv Gymnasium. He finished working on his first novel Sentimentalists in 1923. The first collection of his short stories Crossing Ships was published in 1928; the novel Shining Clouds was written the same year. Paustovsky won fame with the novelette Kara-Bugaz in 1932. Such novels, various in their subjects, as The Fate of Charles Lonseville, Kolkhida, The Black Sea, Canes Venatici Constellation, Tale of the North, Isaac Levitan, Orest Kiprensky, and Taras Shevchenko were created in 1930s. Paustovsky authored his main piece, an autobiography Story of a Life in 1945–1963. State Publishing House of Fiction released a 6-volume set of Paustovsky’s works with a printrun of 225,000 copies in 1958. The writer’s books have been translated into many languages numerous times.

Konstantin Paustovsky was awarded with the St George’s Cross 4th class, two Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, an Order of Lenin, the Włodzimierz Pietrzak Prize (Poland), the medal “For the Defense of Odessa”, the medal “For Bravery”, and a commemorative medal “65 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945”.

The envelope with an original stamp bears several images. The original stamp features a portrait of Konstantin Paustovsky against the background of the collection of his works. The main image depicts book covers and meadow flowers.

Additionally, JSC “Marka” has manufactured special cancellation postmark for Moscow, Ryazan and Tarusa, Kaluga Oblast.

Design: V. Beltyukov
Circulation: 1,000,000 copies. 

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