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Nosov () Nikolay Nikolayevich
(19081976)
The adventures of Neznaika and His Friends

Nosov () Nikolay Nikolayevich(19081976) The adventures of Neznaika and His Friends

Nikolay Nosov was a Russian children's literature writer, the author of a number of humorous short stories, a school novel, and the popular trilogy of fairy tale novels about the adventures of the infamous Neznaika and his friends.

Nosov was born in a family of an entertainer actor. From 1927 to 1929 he was a student of Kiev Institute of Art, from where he moved to Moscow Institute of Cinematography, from which he graduated in 1932. In 1932-1951 he worked as a producer of animated and educational films (including ones for the Red Army, having deserved the Order of the Red Star in 1943).

In 1938 Nosov began to publish his stories ("Zatejniki", what roughly stands for "Jokers"; "Alive Hat", "Cucumbers", "Miraculous trousers", "Dreamers", etc., published mainly in the magazine for children "Murzilka", and having made up the foundation of the Nosov's first collection "Rat-tat-tat", 1945). Nosov introduced a new hero naive and sensible, naughty and curious fidget obsessed by craving for activities and always getting into unusual, often comic situations into children's literature.

The most popular works became his stories for teenagers "Merry Family" (1949), "The Kolya Sinitsyn's Diary" (1950), "Vitya Maleev at school and at home" (1951; The State Stalin Prize, 1952).

Long-term fame and love of readers were gained by his fairy stories about Neznaika. The first of those is the fairy tale "Vintik, Shpuntik and vacuum cleaner". Further the hero appeared in the famous trilogy consisting of fairy tale novels "The adventures of Neznaika and His Friends" (1953-1954), "Neznaika in Sun City" (1958) and "Neznaika on the Moon" (1964-1965; the State RSFSR Prize of Krupskaya N.K., 1969).

The writer is also the author of an autobiographical work "Story about my friend Igor" (1971-1972) and a memoirs narrative "Mistery on a well bottom" (1977).


Russia, 1992, Neznaika

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USSR, 1961.12.08, Characters from children's book and pupils

USSR, 1963.02.16, Neznaika and doll

USSR, 1979.07.02, Neznaika with flowers

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