Ivan Kakovitch was born in Russia in the 1930’s. He witnessed the inhumanity inflicted by the Germans and endured the resulting hardships. At an early age, he watched, as in turn, Russia extracted its pound of flesh from the crumbling German war machine.
The following decade saw him absorbing three more settings, languages, cultures and educational systems as he traveled to Iran and then, to France.
After earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Paris, Mr. Kakovitch pursued his studies at the Graduate Schools of International Relations at The American University in Washington, D.C. and New York University.
Mr. Kakovitch’s expertise in the areas of studies of the Soviet Union and the Middle East, plus his linguistic proficiency, made him invaluable as a writer-abstractor for the committees of both Houses of the U.S. Congress.
Initially, Mr. Kakovitch began his career as a translator, then continued as an editor, teacher, reporter and writer. Later, he launched a pair of weekly newspapers.
Author of an academic book in 1970, he continued on writing essays, articles, columns, editorials, political and academic works, among them, “The Assyrian Manifesto”, published December 15, 1974.
Known internationally as an able writer on important social and political topics, Mount Semele is his first major novel.