• Mikhail Berman-Tsikinovsky

    Author and Physician in Chicago, IL

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    About Mikhail

    His plays, novels and poetry feature colorfully adapted accounts of life in the Soviet Union and assimilation in the United States. He began writing after his emigration in response to his newly earned freedom from the repressive society of his former country. Characters from his life, like his coworkers, family and acquaintances around the globe, join his fictional and semi-autobiographical protagonists in settings from the Ukrainian countryside to immigrant communities in Chicago.

  • Reviews

    Viennese Kaddish

    Review from 1999 Performance

    Holocaust is memorably evoked in the poem “Hitler and Mozart” by Mikhail Berman-Tsikinovsky that inspired Timur Kogan to compose oratory “Viennese Kaddish”. The words “Hitler and Mozart” connect irreconcilable ideas of good and evil that every generation tries and never can resolve. Kaddish is an ancient Jewish prayer for the dead and for universal peace. Mikhail has family members perished in Holocaust.

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    House by the Lake

    Review from 2002

    I always approach the hurriedly published books that appear one after the other in our immigrant milieu with distrust. But a friend of mine spoke so persuasively about Mikhail Berman-Tsikinovsky’s A House by the Lake that I decided to read it. And I wasn’t sorry for doing so. The author of this book is a doctor who has already lived in Chicago for a quarter of a century, and the book was published in his birthplace, Kharkov.

  • Salon

    Reading of Hitler and Mozart

    A poem


    Mikhail Berman-Tsikinovsky's poem recites the perspectives of Mozart, his family and his European contemporaries contrasted against another figure in history, Hitler, and his role in a subsequent European genocide.


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    June 6th, 2018

    San Francisco, California

    The Afterlife of Mandelstam

    Play for two performers


    Scenes from Joseph Stalin's decision to exile the poet Osip Mandelstam as a consequence of the "Stalin Epigram;" his death in a Siberian labor camp; and the reclaiming of his identity by Mandelstam's wife and readers.


    March 25th, 2018

    9350 Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL 60077


    Play for two performers


    A psychological portrait of an immigrant woman, Klava, and her experiences in 1980s United States. Her story is adapted from an experience with a sponsor that helped the author and his family during his arrival at a similar period.


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    April 13th, 2018

    9350 Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL 60077

    What was Samuel killed?

    A story adapted for a play


    A memorial and tribute to the death of a child, Samuel, in the author's family at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.


    May 12th, 2018

    9350 Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL 60077