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Non-fabulous life of Tamara Gabbe

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Non-fabulous life of Tamara Gabbe


Russian Center in Nuremberg hosted a commemorative evening of Tamara Grigorievna Gabbe (1903-1960), She was a Russian writer, translator, folklorist, playwright, editor-in-chief, literary critic and author of many popular fairytale plays for children, the most popular of them being The City of Masters.

She was born in Leningrad and studied in the History of Arts Institute. She dreamed of becoming a teacher and founding her own democratic good school, but accidentally started to work in the children’s state publishing house Lenizdat headed by S.Y. Marshak at that period. She became one of the founders of new Soviet literature for children, edited manuscripts of beginning writers, searched for people to work over books for children and became a true friend and assistant to S. Y. Marshak for good.

In 1937 the editorial office of Leningrad Detizadat was destroyed and ceased to exist.a part of tge stuff was fired, whereas others were arrested including Tamara Gabbe. Soon, thanks to Marshak, she was released. Our programme is dedicated to unveil the destiny of Tamara Gabbe: tragic years during the Leningrad’s siege, her friendship with writers Lidia Chukovskaya and Samuil Marshak, writing and staging The City of Masters play during WW2, her translations of famous French and English fairytales, and her life in Moscow.

There is a saying that a person dies only when there is nobody left to remember. Remembering Tamara Gabbe, we make her life longer and reading her books, we make this life longer and nobler.

Irina Fixel, Nuremberg

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