The early stories of Kazakov remained in the circle of permissive cordiality. The most telling story is “Blue and Green” (1956). Kazakov said that he wrote it “on behalf of that Arbat boy”, as he himself was in those years.
Book descriptions of book passions of the Moscow tenth-grader, to whom the first love came. But these bookish passions were struck by the most detailed fixation of literally every millimeter of the rapprochement between Alyosha and Lily: “The first time I go to the cinema with a girl”; “We go about a meter apart”; “Her hand sometimes touches mine, it’s completely unnoticeable, but I can feel it.” From the first lily appeal to “you” “I really want to sit down or lean against something
The first kiss – “and the whole world begins to spin noiselessly” … It accurately captures the psychological appearance of Soviet boys and girls, chaste and seasoned, brought up in the Puritan rules of their time. In the excited reflection of the boy in love with the smallest signs of the girl’s interest in herself, there was something funny and naive and at the same time bright and fresh.
Such careful elaboration of this topic did not coincide with the prevailing spirit of the times, with the generally recognized hierarchy of values. Although the hero-narrator himself is trying to follow it. For example, he sets out his dreams on the pompous romantic language that was adopted in the official literature: “I want a big, hard life!” What can I do to make life not waste, so that every day is a day of struggle and victory? ” However, here already there is a small gap between the consciousness of the hero and the position of the author. For when Lily fell in love with another, no matter how Alexei tries to speak his impersonal and pathetic words with his loss, no matter how insistently he repeats the comforting truisms like “but life does not stop,” “the world is so beautifully arranged,” still “unintended dreams” like memory about the loss of something very expensive, maybe,