The writer in exile: dead Vladimir Voinovich

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotomonster Vladimir Voinovich. Archival photoThe writer in exile: dead Vladimir Voinovich© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Writer, poet, playwright and public figure Vladimir Voinovich died on 86-m to year of life from a heart attack, his colleagues and friends interviewed by RIA Novosti, recall of prose as a clear and caring man, a writer who never give up on myself.

Civil funeral rites will be held in the Central house of writers on Monday. Then him will bury on the Troekurovsky cemetery.

Vladimir Voinovich was born September 26, 1932 in Stalinabad (Dushanbe) in the family of the journalist. After Voinovich’s father was arrested, the family would often move from place to place. The future writer changed many professions, but in the early sixties got on the radio. Voinovich started writing will still be in the army, but the Soviet Union known for his song «Fourteen minutes to go» about Soviet cosmonauts, which was quoted by Nikita Khrushchev himself.

However, the national love did not last long — due to the critical attitude to the Soviet power Voinovich homeland was not published, but his satirical works gained popularity abroad. In 1974 he was expelled from the writers ‘ Union, and in 1980 he was forced to leave the USSR and move to Germany and then to USA.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union Voinovich returned home and his citizenship was restored. However, the writer has kept a critical eye on what is happening in the country, and continued his public activities. The writer has several times referred to the Russian statesmen. So, after his 85th birthday he wrote a letter to Svetlana Medvedeva, and later sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to release Nadiya Savchenko.

Voinovich, the author of such works as «the Trilogy about the soldier Ivan Chonkin», «Moscow 2042» and «Portrait on the background of the world.» The winner of the award «Triumph» and the state prize of the Russian Federation for the book «Monumental propaganda», a member of the PEN club. Several of his works were filmed movies.

Common sense literature

According to the head of the State Museum of history of Russian literature named Dalia Dmitry bak, Voinovich represented common sense in our literature. He wanted to see the world in a logical, coherent, understandable, logical.

«Voinovich — Russian writer, as such. Russian writer — is someone who is not confined to literature as such, but is a public figure who is known for his position. All that can be said about Voinovich and his life,» said Buck.

According to him, Voinovich is a whole epoch in the life of literature. He started in the 60-ies, published abroad, where she created things satirical and revealing.

«Voinovich is a page in the history of literature. He had his views and his attitude to history. For example, Chongqing, on the one hand, was not taken in the army, people in uniform did not perceive it, because the other image of a soldier was created. But he had such a vision. Voinovich did not rewrite history, and tried to look at it from a new angle,» — said the Chairman of the Union of writers of Russia Nikolai Ivanov.

The writer in exile

Literary critic Igor Volgin said that Voinovich will be equally interesting to work in different genres, he was friendly and open person, which sensitively responded to all social difficulties, and had his clear position.

«I knew Voinovich personally for many years, he was friendly, open person, very reactive to life, absolutely indifferent. Social difficulties he perceived as their own. In this respect it was helpful, many loved him… Voinovich politically has always stuck to his line, he was not in the General dissident choir,» said Volgin.

He noticed the lines of his song «On the dusty paths…» entered into the national consciousness and people sing it even when Voinovich himself was in exile.

According to the Minister of culture of Russia Vladimir Medina, «Voinovich will be remembered to Russians by the generous writer of talent, author of the lines of favorite songs, a man of active and responsible citizenship. His work is always sharp slice of reality, masterfully transferred to a lively and engaging language.»

He also noted the contribution of the writer in promoting the values of freedom of speech, development of the principles of equality, mutual understanding and social harmony in our country.

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