Presentation of Reality of Life, a New Book by Viacheslav Zarenkov


On May 28, 2016, a presentation of Reality of Life, a new book by Viacheslav Zarenkov, took place at the 11th St Petersburg International Book Fair in the Mikhailovsky Manezh.


The book was published by Chernaya Rechka publishing house in 2016.

Stories published in this volume continue the series of life-stories, already known to readers from books Sopromat and Optimist’s Notes – stories about right and wrong, loyalty and betrayal, sincerity and lies, meetings and separations, and certainly about love.

At the presentation the readers had a chance to listen to a story “Beggar” from this book. The story was read by Honored Artist of Russia, actor of Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater Sergey Losev.

The story tells about a meeting of a successful businessman, who works in construction, with a beggar. The author describes the reasons why the protagonist did not believe in need to help beggars and how one occasion has changed his attitude.

The volume was illustrated by Viktor Tikhomirov. The artist told that he had been impressed by humanism of stories by Viacheslav Zarenkov and that was the reason he took up this job.

“An unbiased person, who preserved all of his merits, is behind the writing. Everything is depicted very carefully and I tried to preserve this in my illustrations. The amount of destructive things in our life is growing, that is why the creativity is so important and needs to be pointed out,” noted the illustrator.

Director of St Petersburg Writer’s House Vladimir Malyshev added that Viacheslav Zarenkov is not only a gifted writer, member of the St Petersburg Union of Writers but also a philanthropist, who values diverse forms of art. Charity has always been an important component of the support and development of culture, and this trend is to be pursued.

St Petersburg writers Nikolay Konyaev and Sergey Arno told the presentation attendees about their participation in the Creative World Project founded by Viacheslav Zarenkov and about books written under its auspices.