Rasputin Valentin Grigorievich (born 1937), writer. Born March 15 in the village of Ust-Uda, Irkutsk region in a peasant family. After school he entered the historico-philological faculty of Irkutsk University. In his student years he became a freelance correspondent for a youth newspaper. One of his essays attracted the attention of the editor. Later this essay under the title “I forgot to ask Leszek” was published in the almanac “Angara” (1961).
After graduating from the university in 1959, Rasputin worked for several years in the newspapers of Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk, often visited construction. Krasnoyarsk HPP and the Abakan-Taishet highway. Essays and stories about what he saw later were included in his collections “Kostrovye new cities” and “Edge near the sky”.
In 1965, Rasputin showed several new stories to V. Chivilikhin, who came to Chita for a meeting of young writers of Siberia, who became the “godfather” of the novice prose writer.
The first book of Rasputin’s stories “A Man from this World” was published in 1967 in Krasnoyarsk. In the same year, the story “Money for Mary.”
In full force, the writer’s talent unfolded in the story “The Last Term” (1970), stating the maturity and originality of the author.
Then followed the story “Live and Remember” (1974) and “Farewell to the Mother” (1976), put them in the author’s list of the best modern Russian writers.
In 1981, new stories were published: “Natasha”, “What to Tell a Crow”, “Century Live – Love Century”.
Appearance in 1985 of Rasputin’s novel “Fire”, distinguished by the severity and modernity of the problem, aroused great interest among the reader.
In recent years, the writer has devoted much time and energy to public and journalistic activities, without interrupting creativity. In 1995 his story “In the same land” was published; essays “Down the Lenerek”; in 1996 – stories “Mourning Day”; in 1997 – “Unexpectedly-negative”; “Father-in-bounds” (“Vision” and “Evening”). Lives and works in Irkutsk.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.