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The first LIT in one gulp

How Vladivostok got his literary festival

Zakhar Prilepin, Sergey Lukyanenko, Sergei Shargunov, Vasily Avchenko, Mikhail Elizarov and other leaders of the Russian patriotic beau monde patronage for the first time simultaneously visited the outpost of Russia in the Far East as part of the first Pacific Russia Literature Festival (LTR). The sections on science fiction, poetry and prose absorbed the attention of the Vladivostok audience for several days and tore down the real sold out, supplementing to a considerable extent the media report, which was held simultaneously within the walls of the FEFU. The idea of ​​creating LiTR came to the seaside writer and journalist Vasily Avchenko and the head of the intellectual club "Kult Brigada" Vyacheslav Konovalov during a telephone conversation. And only then they laughed with a laugh that the abbreviation was akin to the age-old Russian measure of measure, which killed not one dozen gifted writers and poets.

The first LIT in one gulp
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Sergei Lukyanenko said that it is quite possible the new advent of Anton Gorodetsky in the author's "Watch." As is known, the popular science fiction writer temporarily put an end to this work. Today, the franchise for new "patrols" is transferred, according to Sergei Lukyanenko, to other authors. The story can thus develop in any direction, the only condition for users of the franchise, which the author of the bestseller has put, is to save the life of all his heroes, wherever the narrative moves.
According to Sergei Lukyanenko, modern fantasy literature has gone in the direction of fantasy, in which each other's "hitters" crowd from one worlds to another, and best of all to the past, where the plot of the plot is more than known. The audience finds a fairy tale about young girls who fall into the hands of fantastic monsters, providing them with life like a monster from the "Scarlet Flower" Aksakov. Serious social fantasy, which was the work of the Strugatsky brothers or Efremov, today is not in demand. Probably at the intersection of social science fiction and the world of "hit people" balances the novel Lukyanenko, on the grounds of which a new film "Chernovik" was released. Today she will find her audience.
The writer and human rights activist, now State Duma deputy Sergei Shargunov believes that the information space of our country is sorely lacking in patriotism. The creation of a whole TV channel or a television and radio company of the appropriate orientation can become a response to the right-wing liberal ideas that have their adherents and channels for delivering information. At the same time, problems that may affect the air in this information plane will make one think about the real causes of social stratification of society and ways of solving problems, which is not identical with the views of the ruling elite. Sergei Shargunov and Zakhar Prilepin tried to do something like this on the "Free Press" website.
The formation of the meanings that unite our people is, to some extent, the task of contemporary Russian writing. Therefore, so serious interest in literature in the genre of non-fiction (in this case the biography of famous people) is justified today: society and the writers themselves are in search of a real hero who, with his life and destiny, formulated the meaning of life, and, perhaps, set an example surrounding. Alexander Fadeyev, Valentin Kataev, Bulat Okudzhava and Boris Pasternak, Anatoly Mariengof, Boris Kornilov, Vladimir Lugovskoy - Russian poets and writers, whose biographies have now been comprehended in their works by Vasily Avchenko, Sergei Shargunov, Dmitry Bykov, Zakhar Prilepin. The destinies of talented and ambiguous people allow us to take a fresh look at the era of the emergence of Soviet and new Russian literature. To understand why in such a historical period such important figures made their choice - recognized the Soviet authorities, quite sincerely admired her successes and, of course, suffered from shortcomings, tragically finishing her way like Alexander Fadeev.
According to Sergei Shargunov, an interview with the now living classic prose writer Yuri Bondarev is vital for the public, stuck in its disputes about the eternal. And reading itself leads to a person's self-improvement, reading aloud in the family circle should become a good habit. "Read aloud to children as much as possible," Sergey Shargunov repeatedly called upon the audience.
Asked how he feels himself in the company of such ambiguous people and journalists as Alexander Nevzorov, Matvei Ganapolsky and others on Ekho Moskvy, Sergei Shargunov replied that everyone has the right to his own opinion. But in regular interviews under the heading "Personally yours" he stopped participating for reasons of principle. A well-known writer, human rights activist and deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation did not name the real reason. But, probably, staying on the air of the radio channel along with the former novice of the monastery and the famous Soviet journalist, who in the declining years leads the column "Popovodenie", does not give pleasant emotions to Sergei Shargunov, the son of an Orthodox priest.
There were some provocative questions from the audience: "Why Medinsky does not like the people?" Sergey Shargunov clarified this naive question: "If we consider Oleg Sentsov in this context, why not mention dozens of those who are under investigation today for their beliefs? Although where does Medina? Focusing on one person, forgetting all the others, just outside of humanistic ideas, is like PR and campaigning. "
Doctor of Science and one of the initiators of the creation of LiTR, Vyacheslav Konovalov was surprised: "What did Medinsky actually do? During his time at the minister's place, a large number of library funds were restored and many new formats of communication between the reader and the book were created (although problems with the closure of rural libraries, alas, are preserved), the financing of cultural objects as a whole increased. You know, we deliberately organized the festival on our own, without resorting to an administrative resource. And, as it turned out, in vain. Literally a few days before LiTR at the book fair in Red Square in Moscow, Vladimir Medinsky called me and asked why our group did not ask the Ministry of Culture for help in organizing the Literary Festival in Vladivostok. Moreover, Medinsky in the first interview on the square mentioned our festival and regretted that he personally would not be able to participate in this event. "
Zakhar Prilepin believes that today the literature lacks the image of a real positive hero, who will become an example for a whole generation, to which young people can equal. Therefore, it is at least strange to exclude from the list of compulsory school literature "The Tale of a Real Man", where Meresiev as a very real character was able to embody the qualities of a real Russian hero. The replacement of this work by Sergei Dovlatov's "Reserve", where there are no positive heroes who love their homeland, is unequal, despite all the undeniable merits of this literary work.
Returning to the heroics of modern life and the choice of life priorities in the pillars of Russian national literature, Zakhar Prilepin mentioned his work "Platoon. Officers and militiamen of Russian literature "and again drew attention to the position of Russian writers and intellectuals of the XVIII-XIX centuries Batiushkov, Vyazemsky, Derzhavin, Chaadayev, who spent a significant segment of life on the battlefields.
Zakhar Prilepin's well-known position, who actually lives in Donetsk from 2014 year, also found support in the audience at the LTRT. Historically, there are many immigrants from the Ukraine in the Primorsky Territory. Even the names of many regional leaders and heads of the Far East speak for themselves. Those present were worried about the question: will we not leave Ukraine? What to do with the young generation in Ukraine, absorbing the spirit of nationalism and staying in isolation from a single Russian space? Zahar Prilepin believes that it is impossible to deny the vitality of real Ukraine, Ukraine Gogol, Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka. People who are part of our common world are many more than we imagine. Such a Ukraine will undoubtedly revive, the return path simply does not exist.
By the way, the closure of the author's program "Sol" on NTV Zakhar Prilepin was in many ways also a crisis of meanings. Creative intelligentsia was divided into the musical field. "We saw that clearly for reasons other than business, meetings with us Yuri Shevchuk, Boris Grebenshchikov, Diana Arbenina are transferring. By the way, that is why the guests of the program were new and interesting groups, "- said the winner of the" Big Book "and" Russian Booker "awards.
Big is seen from a distance, and today Zakhar Prilepin is not ready to undertake a great deal about the events in the Donbass. "We have nowhere to hurry, and all such events need to be understood," he said. It also happened with the release of the books "Pathology" and "Sankya" about the writer's life stage, connected with the party of the National Bolsheviks and support of Eduard Limonov, as well as participation in the anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus. It is curious that the West European, in particular the Parisian, public took his works with caution until the so-called refugees from Chechnya appeared on the streets of Paris and on its outskirts, and did not impose their orders. Approximately in this way the attitude of the western audience to the events in Eastern Ukraine changes.
According to Zahar Prilepin, Russia is a stumbling block to the "progress", to which civilization aspires from moral norms. That is why so many things mean for the Russian writer today the interests of Russia and its identity.
As if on purpose the two speakers of the festival were the authors of the questions during the "hot line" with Vladimir Putin. And if Zakhar Prilepin asked his question in the recording, then Sergey Shargunov left the room literally before the audience of LiTR and confirmed his consent to publicize his position to the Russian president by phone personally. As it turned out, he sent his question regarding the 282 article of the Criminal Code on bringing to justice those who allegedly incited hatred on ethnic or religious grounds, including in the network, even earlier. This issue was on the agenda, and the organizers of the hotline asked him to voice it.
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