(1734-1792) Russian writer whose The Mocker (first two parts as coll 1765) is the first Russian fantasy collection. Further works, some anthropological, include The Concise Mythological Lexicon (1767) and A Dictionary of Russian Superstitions (1767-1787). It could be said that he, along with the more talented writer Vasily Levshin, created Russian fantasy as a genre. [CMK]
see also: Russia.