Born in the village of Kushnikovo (now Staritsky district, Tver region in a peasant family. The writer's official date of birth is December 23, 1923, but according to his wife’s testimony, he was born on November 23, 1922 The Great Patriotic War found him in Leningrad. During the blockade, he worked at a factory producing anti-aircraft shells. Sister and mother were evacuated to relatives in Yaroslavl. My father and I remained in the besieged Leningrad. He worked at the factory as a grinder. My work was simple: I ground anti-aircraft shells. At the end of January 1942, the father and aunt who we lived with died. I was left alone. In the spring of 1942, in an extremely exhausted state, Viktor Kurochkin was evacuated to the Yaroslavl region. He was treated for dystrophy for two months, in June 1942 he was drafted into the army and sent to a tank school. From June 23, 1942 - cadet of the Ulyanovsk Guards Tank School (March 1, 1943 - cadet of the 2nd Kiev Artillery School (Saratov). On June 20, 1943, Lieutenant Kurochkin was appointed commander of the SU-85 in the 1893th self-propelled artillery regiment of the 3rd Tank Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front Since August 5, 1944, as part of the 1st Guards Artillery Regiment of the 4th Panzer Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front: Kursk, the liberation of Left-Bank Ukraine, the crossing of the Dnieper, the liberation of Kiev, Lvov. 1945 when crossing the Oder. After the war, in 1949 he graduated from the Leningrad Law School, in 1949-1951 he worked as a judge in the village of Utorgosh, Novgorod Region, then as a journalist in the Leningrad newspapers. He studied at the correspondence department of the Literary Institute, which he graduated in 1959. Among the credible stories of the first training session (1954) were "Rivals", which subsequently formed the basis of the film "Quarrel in Lukashi". In 1968, the writer was severely beaten by police, suffered a stroke and has since been seriously ill until his death. V.A. Kurochkin died on November 10, 1976. He was buried at Komarovsky cemetery.