“I am with a gun, I imagine myself a hero”: Alexei Simonov talked about his father and his poems in the project # Pages

“I am with a gun, I imagine myself a hero”: Alexei Simonov talked about his father and his poems in the project # Pages

What outraged Konstantin Simonov’s mother in the poem “Wait for me”? What do Murka and From Moscow to Brest have in common? How did Alyosha from “Do You Remember, Alyosha, Roads of the Smolensk Region” find himself embroiled in an ideological confrontation with a poet whose poems were handwritten by fighters of World War II? The poet’s son, director, writer and journalist Aleksey Simonov, told about this and many other project #Pages of Victory.

Aleksey Kirillovich Simonov will turn 81 in 2020. He lays out before us his photographs taken during the Great Patriotic War, when he was just a child.

His father, Cyril Simonov, who wrote under the pseudonym Konstantin Simonov, by that time was already one of the most famous poets of the Soviet Union: somewhere for one and a half years before the pictures were taken, in “Pravda” appeared his poem “Wait for me” . The personal archive of the poet and war correspondent, who visited all fronts, contains hundreds of answers that came to this poem, some of which are also in verse.

Alexei Kirillovich talks about his photographs, where he is four years old:

“Year 1943. This year, my mother and I returned from Chelyabinsk from evacuation, and my father received his first Moscow apartment on Leningradsky Prospekt, in the “openwork” house opposite the Yar restaurant and the Sovetskaya Hotel. And mom and dad live separately, because they brought me here.

Apparently to my pleasure, they put a father’s helmet on me and gave me a trophy gun. Two other photos of that day: I, like dad, behind a typewriter (although dad just did not like to type and, in my opinion, did not know how) and dad and I “smoke.”

Probably, considering that I am writing all this, a photograph with a typewriter is relevant, but I like the one where I, a small with a German assault rifle, imagine myself a father hero – a Soviet soldier. “

Now these pictures are united by the work of collage artist from Italy Claudia Corrent , published as part of the project #P Victory Pages in the Facebook account, where you collect are all devoted to the Great Patriotic War in the genre of digital art.

Creativity Konstantin Simonov became a symbol of the war. This is not only “Wait for me, and I’ll be back”, but also “Major brought the boy on a gun carriage”, “Do you remember Alyosha, the roads of Smolensk region”, as well as diaries, novels, essays and much more.

Stories and images inspired by the legendary works of Konstantin Simonov formed the basis for posters opening the series of graphic works “Four lines about the war” by the famous artist Petra Bankova . Alexei Kirillovich wrote four essays for these posters, telling the story of the creation of famous lines.

It turned out, in particular, that the mother of Konstantin Simonov, Alexander Ivanishev, after reading “Wait for me”, was unsatisfied with the lines: “Let the son and mother believe that there is no me” – and even sent her son an indignant answer , also in poems.

Or that the correspondent is Alexei Surkov, comrade Konstantin Simonov, with whom they in 1941 retreated after the Soviet army and to whom the poem is dedicated “Do you remember, Alyosha, the roads of Smolensk region”, was embroiled in an ideological struggle with the poet in the 1950s. Alexei Kirillovich writes in an essay to the poem:

“At the end of the 50s, Simonov published two novels on the pages of the magazine“ Moscow ”:“ Panteleev ”, dedicated to the fighting on Arabatsky arrow in the Crimea, and “Another Day” on the defense of Odessa. Both that and another – 1941. Everything was written firmly and honestly, in the spirit of “trench truth”, as the threshold of the future “lieutenant literature”.

And the authorities did not like it much. They thought that it was necessary to short-circuit the over-arching writer. And someone had to believe it to do it. Better yet, Simonov himself confirms his veracity. And they found.

An article that Simonov in describing desperate and heroic efforts to somehow rectify the tragedy of 1941 exaggerates difficulties, goes too far in the tragedy, was written by Alexei Surkov whose military experience and friendly disposition are so distinct in the poem dedicated to him. ”

Posters from the series“ Four lines about the war ”can be seen on the website # Victory Pages – in the same place you can read all the essays by Alexei Kirillovich. Did the poet forgive Alexei Surkov? How exactly did Simonov propose Utesov to perform War Correspondent? Is there any music on “Wait for me”? All this is in short but capacious stories of the writer, translator, human rights activist, journalist and director Alexei Kirillovich Simonov.

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