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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1987
Born: 24 May 1940, Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), USSR (now Russia) (now Russia)
Died: 28 January 1996, New York, NY, USA
Residence at the time of the award: USA
Prize motivation: "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity."
Language: English (prose) and Russian (poetry)
Prize share: 1/1
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