Rafael Abramovich Grugman (Russian: Рафаэль Абрамович Гругман; born 16 October 1948) is a Russian writer, journalist, engineer, programmer and college educator.

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Rafael Grugman
Born (1948-10-16) 16 October 1948 (age 71)
CitizenshipUSSR (1948-1991), Ukraine (1991-1996), United States (1996-present)
OccupationWriter, journalist, college educator


Rafael Grugman was born in Odessa, Ukraine, USSR and graduated from Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute (NETI) in Russia (now Novosibirsk State Technical University, NSTU).

During student years he worked as a journalist for several Novosibirsk newspapers. In 1971 he returned to Odessa to work as an engineer for more than twenty years, authoring and contributing to more than 50 patents and scientific articles that were published in Moscow technical magazines.[1]

In the mid-1980s, during the years of social and political reforms in the USSR, known as the Perestroika, he again becomes a journalist, publishing his work in leading newspapers in Odessa, and conducted interviews with diplomats and military and political figures. He was the first editor of a Jewish newspaper "Ha-Meletz" (Russian: "Ха-Мелиц"),[2] published in Odessa after the collapse of the USSR.[3]

He lives in the United States since 1996. He has held various positions working as a programmer, journalist and writer. Presently, he is teaching at a local college in New York.

Rafael Grugman the author of fiction and non-fiction books that were published in Russia, Ukraine, United States and Israel.[4] In March 2009 the fiction story "The Wagner Lecture" received "Honorable Mention" in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition.[5] The dystopian novel Nontraditional Love [6] was published by Liberty Publishing House in November 2008 and nominated for the 2009 Rossica Translation Prize (London, 2009).[7]

Fiction book published in USA (translated from Russian)Edit

  • Nontraditional Love — New York: Liberty Publishing House, 2008 — The Twenty Third Century: Nontraditional Love, — Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing, 2017
  • Napoleon's Great-Great-Grandson Speaks — Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing, 2017
  • The Messiah Who Might Have Been. I Was Churchill's Mistress — 2018

Fiction booksEdit

  • Bride of the Sea (Невеста моря ) — Ukraine, Odessa: Титул, 1994
  • Borya, viidi s morya (Боря, выйди с моря) — Ukraine, Odessa: Зюйд-Вест, 1995
  • Nuzhna mne vasha farshirovannaya ryba (Нужна мне ваша фаршированная рыба) — Ukraine, Odessa: Печатный Дом, 2004
  • Borya, viidi s morya – 2. Odessa Tales (Боря, выйди с моря — 2. Одесские рассказы) — Russia, Moscow, Rodina, 2019

Nonfiction booksEdit

  • Vladimir Jabotinsky, the indomitable Samson (Владимир Жаботинский, неукротимый Самсон) — Israel, Isradon, 2010
  • Soviet square: Stalin-Khrushchev-Beria-Gorbachev (Советский квадрат: Сталин-Хрущев-Берия-Горбачев) — Russia, Piter, 2011
  • Svetlana Alliluyeva. The five lives (Светлана Аллилуева. Пять жизней) — Russia, Phoenix,2012
  • Jabotinsky and Ben-Gurion: The Right and Left Poles of Israel (Жаботинский и Бен-Гурион: правый и левый полюсы Израиля) — Russia, Phoenix, 2014
  • The Death of Stalin: All the Versions - And One More (Смерть Сталина: все версии. И ещё одна) — Russia, Moscow, Eksmo, Algoritm, 2016
  • Svetlana Alliluyeva to Pasternak. "I've crossed my Rubicon" (Светлана Аллилуева — Пастернаку. “Я перешагнула мой Рубикон” — Russia, Moscow, Algoritm, 2018
  • Woman and War: From Love to Hate (Женщина и война. От любви до насилия) — Russia, Moscow, Algoritm, 2018