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The Presidential Library launched events dedicated to Daniil Granin’s anniversary

11 December 2018

December 11, 2018, as part of a series of events to perpetuate the memory, preparation and celebration of the centenary anniversary of the birth of an honorary citizen of St. Petersburg, survivor of blockade, a front-line soldier, writer and public figure Daniil Granin (1919–2017), a multimedia exhibition was opened in the Presidential Library as well as a video lecture under the general name “D. A. Granin and the Youth”. Attendees were presented the book “D. A. Granin and the Youth: University Texts”, and the Presidential Library and the St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Studies (SPbGUP) signed a cooperation agreement.  

According to Acting Director General of the Presidential Library, Valentin Sidorin, Daniil Granin has been the visitor of the library for many times. In particular, in 2013, it was filmed an interview with the writer “Time to Remember. Daniil Granin”.  

“Next year, January 27, we will celebrate 75 years from the day of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade. At the meeting of the organizing committee dedicated to the Year of Granin, in the framework of the Cultural Forum in November of this year, it was decided that the eighth multimedia lesson for schoolchildren in the Presidential Library would be a lesson of courage, a lesson covering the liberation of Leningrad from the blockade. We will make it on the basis of the facts of the biography, works, and views of Daniil Granin”, - he noted.  

Multimedia exhibition “D. A. Granin and the Youth”, opened today, is of interest not only for those who came to the Senate Square, 3, but also for library attendees  in the regions - more than 800 RERR are open in all 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and in 38 other countries. Further information on the exhibition will be available on the Presidential Library’s portal.

“2019 has been declared the Year of Granin by the decree of the President of Russia. The whole next year will be filled with very different events”, - said Alexander Zapesotsky, the rector of St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Studies. According to him, events such as today will take place primarily in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as in the regions. Thanks to the Presidential Library they will be available to everyone.

Besides, Alexander Zapesotsky presented the book “D. A. Granin and the Youth: University Texts”, which includes 66 exclusive materials created by an outstanding writer during the period of cooperation with the university, where Daniil Granin was an honorary doctor.

The multimedia exhibition “D. A. Granin and the Youth” also features photographic materials from the archive of St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Studies. The writer is captured on the Day of the first-year student, the presentation of diplomas to students, round table meetings, etc.

It is worth to remark that the cycle of events dedicated to Granin at the Presidential Library’s site has been implementing with the active support of the administration of St. Petersburg. It was represented today by the chairman of the city committee on culture, Konstantin Sukhenko: “I belong to a generation that reads Granin everywhere. In Soviet times, thanks to his works, we had the glorification and romanticization of the academic paper. He called all people to knowledge, called on the forefront of science and technology, responded to all the most important challenges and topics of concern to society. ”Sukhenko thanked everyone who keeps a common memory of such people.

In turn, the director of the Foundation for the Preservation and Popularization of the Heritage of Daniil Granin and the writer's daughter Marina Chernysheva-Granina said that her father was very fond of communicating with young people, he always prepared for meetings with students very carefully: “He always had a lot of ideas, he didn’t keep them, enjoyed distributing and was always happy if someone supported these ideas, embodied, saturated with something new, interesting. This is a rather rare quality, when a person is so filled with different vital interests, so this life is realized in him into some ideas, plans, feelings and texts, that he never feels sorry to share them with others”.

Students from St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Studies from different cities of Russia and CIS countries connected to the video lecture via video conferencing. The event was broadcasted live on the Presidential Library’s portal and in the official group of the institution in the VKontakte social network.

Daniil Granin became a reader of the Presidential Library back in June 2011. Then a special excursion was arranged for the writer, and in conclusion, he has got a library card.

As part of the events of 2019, a decision has been made to create a large collection dedicated to the life and work of Daniil Granin, which will include the archive of the writer, converted into a “figure”. In addition, it was agreed that the Presidential Library will become one of the venues for events in the framework of the Year of Granin.