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Potential bestseller on the Trans-Siberian Railway from the publishing house ’Samokat’


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MOSCOW. The artist Anna Desnitskaya began work on a book on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The announced book is not the first experience of cooperation of a talented artist with the publishing house «Samokat». Previous work Desnitskaya - illustrations for the book «The History of the old apartment» - was enthusiastically received by readers and critics, aroused great interest among visitors to the fair of intellectual literature «Non / Fiction» and Frankfurter Buchmesse. In the beginning of September in the capital of Slovakia, the jury of the 26th International Biennale of Children’s Book Illustration (Bienale ilustracii Bratislava) awarded the graduate of the Institute of Graphics and Art of the Favorsky Book the Golden Apple prize (ZLATE JABLKO BIB 2017). The text for «History» was written by Alexander Litvin, the editor-in-chief of the educational publishing project «On foot in history».

In her first projects, Anna Desnitskaya actively used such a technique as collage. Over time, she came to a more comfortable for her mixed technique, allowing you to preserve the warmth of a hand-drawn drawing, perfected by technical devices.

The new child of the tandem «Scooter» and Desnitskaya has good chances to become another bestseller, as it tells about the most interesting page in the life of the country. The construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the longest electrified railway lines in the world, affected the lives of millions of people in large and small settlements from Moscow to Vladivostok. A grand route length of about 10 thousand kilometers required the erection of artificial structures, bridges across the Siberian rivers, the construction of buildings on permafrost, the construction of hundreds of viaducts, piercing dozens of tunnels in granite rocks. The works were conducted mainly in unfavorable conditions: severe climate, floods, extremely low temperatures, swamps, impassable taiga. The main contingent is a cheap labor force: soldiers, convicts, Chinese workers. In spite of the lack of powerful technical devices, meager food, life in purged wavering time and tents, a miserable salary, this versatile team worked at a record pace, mastering up to half a thousand kilometers per year.

The implementation of the draft Minister of Railways Adolf Gyubbenet and his successor in this post, Sergei Witte, contributed to the achievement of many goals. The development of the territory of Siberia, its richest resources and subsoil, ensuring the unity of the country and protecting its borders. There was an opportunity as quickly and inexpensively to get from the European part of it to the outlying regions. There were sad consequences. The construction of the Transsib was one of the prerequisites for the emergence of a crisis in the relations between Russia and Japan and the beginning of a war between them in the early 20th century. The highway and its extension to the Manchurian region facilitated the realization of geopolitical interests in Asia, with which the Japanese side could not agree.

It is planned to attract schoolchildren from settlements to create a book about Transsib, next to which there is the longest railway in the world and the train «Moscow-Vladivostok» stops. Tales of the cities in which they live will be woven into the general fabric of the narrative. A nice bonus for volunteers will be the mention of their names and the placement of their painted portraits in the book.

The main task of the publishing house «Samokat» its editor-in-chief Irina Balakhonova considers the issue of good, smart and honest books that correspond to the level and needs of modern children. Including in terms of quality of printing. They teach to empathize and cope with internal aggression. And think, respect someone else’s opinion and defend one’s own, overcome passivity and protect personal space. The poet and translator Marina Boroditskaya believes that good literature is like a refuge, in which one can find salvation from the unattractiveness of the surrounding life. And for a teenager, around which all the time something whistles and rumbles, it becomes a real bomb shelter. The movement towards a democratic society in which aggression and intolerance are outlawed, without education and honest literature is impossible.


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