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Valerij Perelešin archive and collection

Identifier: ubl236

Scope and Contents

The Collection Perelešin contains manuscripts, correspondence and publications of the Russian poet Valerij Francevič Salatko-Petrišče (1913-1992). The papers are kept under shelfmarks BPL 3256-3267.

  1. BPL 3256: Letters to Valerij Perelešin
  2. BPL 3257: Letter from Valerij Perelešin to various correspondents
  3. BPL 3258: Letters from Valerij Perelešin to E.A. Sentjanina
  4. BPL 3259: Letters from other correspondents to E.A. Sentjanina
  5. BPL 3260: Juvenile poetry
  6. BPL 3261: Various manuscripts
  7. BPL 3262: Publications with contributions by Valerij Perelešin
  8. BPL 3263: Proofs
  9. BPL 3264: Articles relating to Valerij Perelešin
  10. BPL 3265: Miscellanea
  11. BPL 3266: Photographs
  12. BPL 3267: Biographical documents and family papers.

84 Books from Valerij Perelešin’s private library are listed in Hinrichs 1997, p. 132-139.

The Collection Perelešin is part of the Collection Bibliotheca Publica Latina.


  • Creation: 1932-1986

Language of Materials

Russian, English, Chinese en Portuguese

Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Biographical / Historical

The writer and poet Valerij Perelešin was born on 7July, 1913 in Irkutsk as the son of the railway engineer Franc Èrazmovič Salatko-Petrišče and Evgenija Aleksandrovna Burakova. He spent his childhood largely in Harbin in Manchuria. There he graduated in 1936 from the Faculty of Law of the local university. Perelešin began his literary career at a young age, he first published in 1927 in magazines and newspapers, and in 1937 he published his first book of poetry V puti. From 1938 to 1952 he lived in China before moving to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. In the 1950s he did not publish any work, but resumed publishing in the late 1960s and published his reviews and essays in Russian émigré magazines in France and the United States. Perelešin died in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro.


84 printed books (2.2 meter (papers))

Abstract in Dutch

Handschriften, correspondentie en uitgaven van de Russische schrijver en dichter Valerij Francevič Salatko-Petrišče (1913-1992), pseudoniem Valerij Perelešin.

Abstract in English

Manuscripts, correspondence and publications of the Russian author and poet Valerij Francevič Salatko-Petrišče (1913-1992), pseudonym Valerij Perelešin.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Item descriptions are included in the catalogue (Tab Special Collections). Use the above mentioned signatures as search term. For detailed descriptions see Hinrichs 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was largely donated to Leiden University Library by Perelešin himself between 1984 and 1989, in conjunction with the purchase of a number of printed works. Some items have been donated by others between 1993 and 1997.


No future additions are expected.

Related Materials

The correspondence between Perelešin and Georgi Michajlovic Volkov (1914-2000) was donated in 2002 by the Volkov heirs and is kept under BPL 3462.

In May 1986 J.P. Hinrichs recorded Valerij Perelešin reads poems from his collection "Arièl" and Valerij Perelešin reads the Russian texts of his poems that were translated in Dutch and published under the title "Vanuit de verte" (D CD 5540).

Separated Materials

Parts of Perelešin’s archive can be found in the library of the Institute of World Literature in Moscow. Another part is in the private collection of Evgenij Vitkovskij.


  • Bakich, O., Het vierde vaderland van Valeri Perelesjin In: P.G. Hoftijzer & al. (eds.), Bronnen van kennis. Wetenschap, kunst en cultuur in de collecties van de Leidse Universiteitsbibliotheek. Leiden 2006, p. 249-254.
  • Hauth, T. (ed.), Russian literary and ecclesiastical life in Manchuria and China from 1920 to 1952. Unpublished memoirs of Valerij Perelešin. The Hague 1996. [Edited in Russian with an introduction and notes].
  • Hinrichs, J.P., Dichter met drie vaderlanden. Valerij Perelešin, brieven en documenten. Catalogus van een tentoonstelling gehouden in de Universiteitsbibliotheek van 6 mei tot 12 juni 1986. Leiden 1986.
  • Hinrichs, J.P., Valerij Perelešin (1913-1992).Catalogue of his papers and books in Leiden University Library. Leiden 1997. (Codices manuscripti, 27).
  • Hinrichs, J.P., Senhor Valério. Nijmegen 2011.
  • Hinrichs, J.P. & Vitkovskij, E.V., Zarubežnye zadvorki. Meždunarodnyj literaturno-chudožestvennyj žurnal. Djusselʹdorf 2013. ["K stoletiju so dnja roždenija Valerija Perelešina". Contains a Russian translation of Hinrichs 2011]
  • Li Meng zhu, Queshi de yi huan. Zai Hua Eguo qiaomin wenxue. Beijing 2007. [Translation of: idem, Russian émigré literature in China. A missing link. [s.l. 2004]. PhD University of Chicago]


The items can be requested via the online catalogue. The documents are available for consultation at the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

The collection has been catalogued by Jan Paul Hinrichs (Hinrichs 1997). The letters were catalogued in 1993 for the online Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum; the records are also available in the Leiden Catalogue.

Collection guide of the Valerij Perelešin archive and collection (1932-1986)
Archief en collectie Valerij Perelešin
Mart van Duijn, 2014
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Language of description note
Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Revision Statements

  • 18 December 2015: latest update

Repository Details

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