Edvard Stanislavovich Radzinsky relates to his work with a rare sobriety. He understands that the writers consider him a historian, and historians a writer. But of course, it all does not negate the fact that his brilliant literary talent and rare charm did Radzinsky favorite of millions. He says: “I write about Ivan the terrible, Napoleon, Nicholas, Socrates, and everywhere there are specialists who deal only with the Terrible, Napoleon only, only Socrates, and so on. They have their own concept. And when they are offered a different concept, it is furious because they’ve been doing it all his life. So you should be extremely nice to all that you say. And best of all does not apply. Because no matter how abused me X or Z, how I curse myself, they still have not scolded, still weaker”.
“104 pages about love (about love again)”
the First play Radzinsky, who received all-Union popularity. The simple lyrical story, characters, atmosphere free the sixties. The first staging was by then famous Anatoly Efros on the stage of the Moscow Theater. Lenin Komsomol. The main roles are played by Olga Jakovleva and Alexander Shirvindt. Later, based on the play was written the screenplay, filmed by Georgy Natanson titled “once again about love”. The film broke all possible records rolling. Tatiana Doronina and Alexander Lazarev starring in the Central roles, have become movie stars. In the next three decades, Radzinsky wrote the main female role just for Doronina.
“Lunin, or the Death of Jacques”
One of the most popular theatrical productions of the turn of 70-80-ies of XX century. The performance of the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, staged by Alexander Dunayev by Oleg Vavilov in the title role. Decembrist and a brilliant writer Mikhail Lunin recalls his life in the Prison chamber of the mine. The performance made a strong impression thanks to the obvious rhyme of historical events with the surrounding reality. Censorship struggles struggled with the text, but the defeat of the Decembrist material could not.
“Conversations with Socrates”
the Play by Radzinsky about Socrates with invariable success was in many theaters of the country. In St. Petersburg at the Alexandrinsky (then Theater. Pushkin) the main role was played by the great Yuri Tolubeev. But, the most important public event was the performance of the Moscow Theater. Mayakovsky, staged by Andrei Goncharov with Armen Dzhigarkhanyan in the title role. The Director in a few years, recalled: “We were interested in Socrates, which is almost five hundred years before Christ, formulated the moral principles which then became gospel. But it was necessary so to happen that the fate of Socrates literally coincided with the events occurring at that time Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn; the analogy had full. The show, through no fault of his reasons, became kramolnye and kamalinee”.
“theatre in the time of Nero and Seneca”
the Second piece Radzinsky from the life of the ancients, suddenly received wide popularity. It seems that the country was not the theatre where they put. The Roman stoic philosopher discusses with his former pupil, who became a Roman dictator Nero. They only talk about abstract matters, but in the last Soviet years, these dialogues sounded like a sharp commentator. Remarkably, the play still goes on in the Moscow Theater under the direction of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan. And it seems that Seneca is the only role from the old repertoire, in which Jigarkhanyan today goes on stage.
Rasputin. Life and death”
the Book is wonderful in that it is Radzinsky appears not only daring interpreter of history, not just a popularizer, but a historian as such. For understanding the most controversial figures of Russian reality of the early XX century Radzinsky has attracted many new archival materials. But of course, the task the author puts before itself not an academic, but first and foremost a writer: “I’m trying to understand what this story is? About the man that became the forerunner of hundreds of thousands of the same men who in the revolution from religious consciousness in the soul will destroy their temples; with the dream of a Kingdom of Love and Justice are to kill, rape, flood the country with blood, and in the end will destroy themselves? Or about anything else… the mysterious… mysterious…”