|Born||Tatyana Nikitichna Tolstaya
3 May 1951
Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
|Occupation||Writer, TV host, publicist, novelist, essayist|
|Alma mater||Saint Petersburg State University|
|About Tatyana Tolstaya (Russian)|
People know that I am a very good author. But they would rather read what I have to say about the next election.
Politics disappears; it vanishes. What remains constant is human life. So I try to develop a perspective in my writing where politics is just one of the pieces of furniture in this furnished world. It is not the purpose. It is not the goal.
If there is a pattern, it will come back – maybe in Russia more than anywhere else, because it has collapsed so many times. Maybe less so here in the States, because here the society is so young.
I don't want to deal with big, grand themes in my stories; art has nothing to do with themes. When you deal with themes, you are not creating; you are lecturing.
I don't think people are fools, and I think they deserve a good attitude and smart entertainment.