(1.05.1902 – 10.09.1971)
Zurov Leonid Fedorovich (18.04 / 1.05.1902-10.09.1971), the writer. The first books of Zurov – Sat. stories “Cadet” and the story “Otchina.” “Otchina” arose as a result of the author’s work in the archives of the Pskov-Pechersky Monastery, then located on the territory of the Republic of Estonia. The story draws the history of this monastery and the Pskov land in the difficult years of the Livonian War and the campaign of Ivan the Terrible to Pskov. The book is devoted to the themes of Russia’s independence, the desire for a humble (“in fear of God”), labor and peaceful life, military woes and defense of the Russian land. The writer captured the cross of Rus, which appears in Zurov as a holy land, covered with icons, announced with a bell ringing and prayer singing. Paintings of the tragic tests of the past resonate with the present.
In the novels “Ancient Path” (1933) and “Field” (1938) and the stories of the 1930s, Zurov manages to convey “the feeling of the Russian land.” The spontaneous movement of huge masses of people, the panorama of the “terrible years” of Russia, captured by Zurov, the theme of a man seized by the bloody whirlwind of history and trying to preserve his humanity, his faith in the “difficult land”, Zurov’s special realism, when the detached author’s narrative contrasts with the catastrophic nature of the ongoing events, the power of the sensory perception of the world, the concreteness and metaphorical richness of the letter-all these moments bring together Zurov’s books with the art world of M. Sholokhov’s epic, Quiet Flows the Don. The symbol of Russia, which has gone “by the ancient way” of Christ, crucified and buried, is seen in the Shroud, to which the hero attaches in the finale of the novel “