(2/10/1921 – February 28, 1985)
Krutilin Sergey Andreevich (2.10.1921, village Delekhovo, Ryazan province – February 28, 1985, Moscow). After graduating in 1940, the artisan school was drafted into the army and sent to the construction sites of the Far East. Having graduated from the military technical school in Khabarovsk in 1941, he was sent to the Volkhov Front. At the end of 1942, leaving the encirclement near the village of Myasnoy Bor, he was seriously wounded. He was demobilized from the army in 1943. In 1947 he graduated from the Moscow State University philology department, after which he worked for ten years in the magazine “Smena” and in the Literaturnaya Gazeta. In 1953 he published the novel “Springs”. The first novel “Snowdrops” was released in 1961. When the first part of the novel “Lypyagi” appeared in the magazine “Friendship of Peoples” in 1963, Sergei Zalygin wrote: “I do not want to predict that the Lipyagi will be of interest to everyone, regardless of age, from aesthetic tastes. Probably, this is not so. Not everyone has a love for a small Russian village, the most ordinary and inconspicuous. But someone who does not love this love will be worried when reading “Lypyagi”, will think about it, will remember the past and dream about the future. And he will also regret those who do not care. “A laureate of the State Prize of Russia named after AM Gorky (1967) – for the novel” Lypyagi “.