Mamin-Sibiryak D. N.

Dmitry Narkisovich Mamin-Sibiryak (1852 – 1912) grew up in a poor family. Every penny was watched. But his people were kind, compassionate people, and others flocked to them. The boy liked it when factory workers came to visit. They knew so many tales and engaging stories! Mamon-Sibiryak remembered one story in particular – the one about the daring ruffian Marzak, who hid in the Ural woods many years ago. Marzak attacked the rich, robbed them, and gave the wealth to the poor. The police never managed to catch him. The boy listened to every word and wanted to grow up as brave and fair as Marzak.

The forest where Marzak used to hide, according to the legend, was but a few minutes’ walk from the house. Squirrels leaped through the tree branches, a hare sat in the clearing, and further in, one might have even met a bear. The future writer studied all the paths. He wandered along the shores of the Chusovaya river and admired the mountain ranges, overgrown with fir and birch woods. These mountains went on and on without beginning or end, which was why the image of freedom and broad expanses of wilderness became forever associated with nature in his mind.
His parents taught the boy to love books. He devoured Pushkin and Gogol, Turgenev and Nekrasov. Passion toward literature came early. At sixteen, he already kept a journal.

Years passed. Mamin-Sibiryak became the first writer to describe life in the Ural Mountains. He created dozens of novels and novellas and hundreds of stories.
Among other works, Dmitry Narkisovich wrote many stories for children. He wanted to teach kids to see and understand the beauty of nature and treasures of the land, love and respect working people. “Writing for children is happiness,” he said.

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