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Dunno with the dictionary

And in March turned 65 and dunno, the main character Nosova: the first Chapter of his “Adventures…” was released in 1953 in the Kiev journal “periwinkle”. The State Museum of the history of the Russian literature of a name of V. I. dal is now open the exhibition “the adventures of dunno, or the Life of Nikolai Nosov,” many of the exhibits which gave the writer’s grandson, Igor Nosov. We talked with Igor Petrovich after the opening day.

The State Museum of the history of the Russian literature of a name of V. I. dal is now open the exhibition “the adventures of dunno, or the Life of Nikolai Nosov,” many of the exhibits which gave the writer’s grandson, Igor Nosov. We talked with Igor Petrovich after the opening day.


Nikolay Nosov with his grandson Igor. Photo: Peter Nosov / State literary Museum

Igor Petrovich, let us remember your childhood. You are visiting grandma and grandpa, grandpa writes something under the lamp, the grandson is playing under his Desk…

Igor Nosov: It at the table, and I under the table? Don’t remember that. If it worked, I was dragged into another room, asked not to interfere. But if the grandfather was free, we did not just sit and, say, read. At 60 he was crawling with me on the carpet, we have built something on the bed, on the sofa, constructed from chairs, spaceships, wardrobe was the cave where I was hiding. When I grew up, he gave me his hunting rifle, I was “ambushed” and he’s portraying the bear, “wandering” through the woods. In a two – bedroom apartment he and his grandmother lived in the writing house in the metro “Airport” – without imagination was “not a run”.

It turned out, the grandfather was still… a kid.

Igor Nosov: No. A man of such talent cannot be a child: children do not write great books and do not shoot great movies. The common phrase “he remained a child at heart” – a beautiful words, immature talent will disappear after the first success. Grandfather was a man of strong and serious, but could be interesting for both children and their parents. Us kids, he knew and respected.

The famous “the Story about my friend Igor” was written about you? I remember something out of that, all these your “Dida, Wu”, “bonono”?

Igor Nosov: Remember the bright orange oranges, I have them connected with a grandmother, with the painting, the grandmother was an excellent painter, loved of the Impressionists. At one point, the grandfather says, as I have found a wheel from a small machine, which we bought in shop “Leipzig” or in the House of toys on Kutuzov. He loved little toys – maybe due to the fact that the apartment was small and contained because of the countless books and manuscripts there wasn’t enough space. Maybe the grandfather thought that his fantasy world go on such mikromashinok.

With a grandfather who wrote dunno? With your father?

Igor Nosov: it seems to Me that if not the father himself, that its character determined the way dunno. In childhood, my grandmother, my dad was the same naughty, curious, often violating the rules. But in order to comply with them, they need to understand. The child discovering the world, always makes mistakes, gets himself. Learn from their mistakes, not fools, and most people.

So my father was the same Dunno – a normal kid who knows nothing, but everyone should know.

Us kids, grandpa understood and respected

And also went in the hat?

Igor Nosov: No, hats loved the grandfather, he had several beautiful, elegant felt hats. He dressed in a classic style, loved suits, shirts with cufflinks, ties, wore long coats and overcoats. And the hats, incidentally, was necessary including in order to cover up their bald patches.

Us kids, grandpa understood and respected

It is considered that the humor in life – the people of harsh…

Igor Nosov, in: children’s writers need to be childish, immature and stupid, right? No, grandfather was a man of cheerful, but when it was necessary, was very strict. Not only read Gogol and Tolstoy, and not just for fun. Working on “Koli Sinitsyn’s Diary”, studied books on beekeeping. Hand in “dunno on the moon”, he studied Tsiolkovsky and Zhukovsky, physics textbooks, I remember, on the table was always dictionaries. And heard that physicists and engineers said that it is felt: a man deeply penetrated into the matter and managed to explain it my way. “Dunno on the moon” is still a matter of controversy, and so would not have happened if the book was empty, meaningless fantasy.

You are the Keeper of the archive Nosov… if he still has something important unreleased, unfinished?

Igor Nosov: All that Nicholas had planned to print – it printed something thrown halfway in the archives there. It was not in his nature, his grandfather valued his work. Still have some minor sketches. It was published three dozen short stories, several novels, scripts, plays. For 70 years, I think – a lot.

Don’t you think “the adventures of dunno” – a good basis for a great series of books? Even willing the successor is…

Igor Nosov: I Agree, it is a good rod, it can be used to separate the plots. But not even persuade (smiles). Yes, I released “the New adventures of dunno”, but more of me is hardly enough. Then you need old-fashioned hard work.