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Anatoly Rybakov

  • Russian writer
  • Born January 14, 1911
  • Died December 23, 1998

Anatoly Naumovich Rybakov (Russian: Анато́лий Нау́мович Рыбако́в; 14 January [O.S. 1 January] 1911 – 23 December 1998) was a Soviet and Russian writer, the author of the anti-Stalinist Children of the Arbat tetralogy, the novel Heavy Sand, and many popular children books including Adventures of Krosh, Dirk and Bronze Bird. One of the last of his works was his memoir The Novel of Memoirs (Роман-Воспоминание) telling about all the different people (from Stalin and Yeltsin, to Okudzhava and Tendryakov) he met during his long life.


The comforts come from my movie and television writing. It is unusual to live this well simply from books.




All my books are adventures, but they also have a social viewpoint.




For a professional writer in the Soviet Union, it works this way. First, you have to have something to say - that's the main thing. Second, it's a matter of who publishes you. If your book has real stuff in it, readers will ferret it out, even in a Siberian journal.




I considered that I had to write stories about the people I had met, with whom I'd worked, the history of my books - just in case I up and die.




A writer's main tool is his memory - his own memory, the collective memory of his people. And the strongest memory is the one that is created by a wound to the heart.



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