Volodin (real name Lifshits) Alexander Moiseevich (born 1919), playwright, prose writer.
He was born on February 10 in Minsk. He received a pedagogical education, worked as a rural teacher.
At the beginning of the war, the soldier goes to the front. In the postwar years he studied at the scenario faculty of the State Institute of Cinematography, which he graduated in 1949. He worked as an editor of the Leningrad studio of popular science films.
Volodin debuted as a prose writer, having published several short stories in 1953. In 1954 the first book – “Stories” was published. The first play – “Factory Girl” (1956), staged by many theaters of the country and enjoyed great success, for a year made him one of the most
Three years later, the play “Five Evenings,” then – “Away and Home” (1960), “My Oldest Sister” (1961), later screened.
Twenty years later the play “Five Evenings” was screened by N. Mikhalkov and was still a success, as she instilled faith in life, appealed to the dignity of the person, called for the free choice of her fate. Volodin became a playwright Leningradsky BDT, and soon and the Moscow theater “Contemporary”. The play “Destination” (1964) was staged by O. Efremov, becoming the “nail” of the season.
In the mid-1970s, a new genre appeared in the playwriting of Volodin: a play-parable: “Dulcinea of Tobos”, a trilogy about primitive people (“Despair”, “Lizard”, “Two arrows”), “Mother of Jesus”
A special place is taken by the screenplay “Autumn Marathon” (1979), which has become a film and enjoys extraordinary popularity.
In 1984 the play “The Blonde” was released, in 1985 – plays “Grafoman” and “Portrait with the Rain”. In 1990 he published the book “Single tram (Notes of a non-serious person)”; in 1993 – a book of journalism “So restless in my heart (Notes with digressions).” Selected works of A. Volodin “The Conjurer” (in two volumes) were published. A. Volodin lives and works in St. Petersburg.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.