Sergei Dovlatov was born in Ufa, Bashkiria (U.S.S.R.), in
1941. He dropped out of the University of Leningrad after two years
and was drafted into the army, serving as a guard in high-security
prison camps. In 1965 he began to work as a journalist, first in
Leningrad and then in Tallinn, Estonia. After a period of intense
harassment by the authorities, he emigrated to the United States in
1978. He lived in New York until his death in 1990.