Granin (real name – Herman) Daniil Alexandrovich (born in 1918), prose writer. He was born on January 1 in the town of Volyn in the family of a forester. After graduation he entered the electromechanical faculty of the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, which he graduated in 1940. He worked as a senior engineer at the energy laboratory, then at the design office of the Kirov plant, where he “began to design a device for finding the places of damage in cables.”
In 1941, with the people’s volunteer corps, the factory workers left a volunteer soldier to defend Leningrad. He fought on the Baltic front. He ended the war in East Prussia with the commander of a company of heavy tanks.
After the war, he worked in Lenenergo restoring the energy economy of the city, destroyed in the blockade. Then he worked for a short time at the research institute and studied at the graduate school of the Polytechnic Institute, which he left in 1954 after the publication of the novel “Seekers”, which brought Granin a great success. Then followed the novels “After the wedding” (1958) and “I’m going on a storm” (1961). Convincingly defending the dignity of science, the talent of the scientist, Granin concentrates on the moral foundations of scientific creativity, poeticizes the unselfishness of heroes obsessed with searching. “I’m going on a storm” continues the theme of “Seekers”.
A whole series of documentary works about scientists was written: about Russian physics, about French mathematics, about academician Kurchatov. “… the higher the scientific prestige,
In 1980, the novel “Painting”, again forced to talk about the writer, about his talent to create prose of a high intellectual level. At the same time, the “Blockade Book” was written in co-authorship with A. Adamovich. In 1984 – the story “Another notable trace”.
Documentary story “Zubr” appeared in 1987, continuing the same theme obsession with the scientist (the fate of the scientist-geneticist N. Timofeev-Resovsky) the truth of scientific creativity.
In 1996, the journal Neva published a series of stories Granin – “Eclipse”, “At the Window”, “Dilemma”, “Ashes.” In 1997 – essay “Fear” (genealogy of fear). In the journal Nauka i zhizn, a recently completed novel about Petra began to be printed. 1 D. Granin lives and works in Moscow.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.