Prozorovsky, Lev Vladimirovich Born in 1914 on
the Volga in the Atkarsky uezd, near Saratov, the
son of a country doctor. Father died when he was 13. After 7th
grade in school, he went to work in order to help his mother raise
their sister. He was a packer of boxes, an elevator operator in a
hospital, an electrician, and a lighting technician at an opera
theater, where he also joined the Komsomol. He later became a
police officer assigned to the Saratov criminal investigation group
"BB" (brigade for the struggle against banditism). He was wounded
on 17 May 1935, which ended his police career.
He went to work as a photographer for the newspaper "Communist", which published his first poem in March 1938.
He took evening classes at the pedological institute and became the Sartov correspondant for "Soyuezfotokhronika".
During the Great Patriotic War, he was sent to the front as a photo scout for an artillery division until August 1942, after which he was a correspondant for the army newspaper "Na Razgrom Vraga". In September 1944 he became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
His first book, "Raketa", a collection of poems, was published in Riga in 1955. This was followed with several adventure stories, including "Foreign Winds" (1957), "Spear of the Black Prince" (1962), and "Duel Without Seconds". In 1957 he became a member of the writers union, upon the recommendation of Mariya Davidovna Marich, author of a novel about the Decemberists, "Northern Lights".
The spy tale "Hunting For The Past" (1985) was the result of five years of friendship and study with the border guards in the Baltic region, where Prozorovsky watched with his own eyes the struggle against, as he puts it, "those attempting to bring ideological poison into our nation."