Exhibition dedicated to the birthday of the author of the new rehabilitation center opens in Moscow

On 13 November the State Museum of the history of the Russian literature of a name of V. I. Dahl opens the exhibition “the adventures of dunno, the Life of Nikolai Nosov,” dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the writer.

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How many works of different genres or written during his lifetime, Nikolai Nosov, in mass consciousness it remains primarily the Creator of a trilogy about dunno. His other novels and stories, plays, short stories, and especially philological work is known much less. But “the adventures of dunno and his friends”, “dunno in Sun city” and “Neznayka on the moon” has long entered the Golden Fund of children’s literature and became the basis for films and cartoons. The writer in conversation with Stanislav by Rassadnym once confessed that as a child he was very impressed by the tale of Anna Khvolson “State babies: adventures Murzilki and forest men”. A fairy tale that Chwolson wrote, based on images from popular American comic books of Palmer Cox about little brownies – brownies. She turned into a cohesive short story of the poetic caption and created the image Murzilki, the name of which was later called the children’s magazine, which mostly and will be printed noses. By the way, the name of the protagonist for his future trilogy, Nosov also borrowed from Chwolson (Dunno the name of one of the minor characters in her story) and, in the language of the modern series, have created a kind of spin-off, scene an offshoot of its history.

Trilogy about dunno on the first exhibition hall in the House of I. S. Ostroukhov. Here are collected the first editions of the novels, starting with magazine publications, including the journal “periwinkle” for February 1953 where it was printed the beginning of a fairytale “adventures of dunno and his friends” in Russian and Ukrainian languages, and “Youth” in August 1958, which first published the novel “dunno in the Sunny city” with illustrations by Joseph Offengenden. The exhibited drawings by Alexei Laptev, Henry Val, Leonid Vladimir are accompanied by quotations about the structure of life in the Flower and the Sun cities on the moon, sometimes very topical and acute: “dunno asked why lunar astronomers or ludology still not built an aircraft capable of reaching the outer shell of the moon. Omega said that the construction of such a device would cost is too expensive, while lunar scientists have no money. Money available only the rich, but no rich man would not agree to spend money on a case that does not promise big profits.”

Here you can see the first editions – “dunno and his friends” (1954) and “dunno in Sun city” (1958) which has now become canonical illustrations Lapteva. “The same reference is considered to be the image of the know-nothings, created by Henry Walkom and familiar to us from the last part of the trilogy “dunno on the moon”. In addition to the thirteen original work to this book, the exhibition presents a little-known made pen drawings for the play “Neznayka-traveler”,” – says the curator Natalia Rebrova

The title of the exhibition draws a parallel between the writer and the hero, offers a closer look at a truly inquisitive little guy and see him the image of the author.

In the second exhibition hall contains exhibits related to other literary characters of Nikolai Nosov, and his work on the texts: the authors of the exhibition recreated a fragment of a study with a Desk, typewriter and manuscripts. Here is a series of twelve photographs made by the writer’s son Peter with His master of genre and reportage photography. The screen displayed a cartoon based on the works of Nosov, and the documentary “Writers of our childhood. Not only about the dummy. Nikolay Nosov”.

According to Natalia Rebrova, “this exhibition is about a very modern writer, in many respects anticipated the time that predicted the reality of our reality, and how no one else reveals the inner world of the child at all stages of its adulthood.”

The exhibition runs from 13 November 2018 February 10, 2019.