Book Arsenal presented a novel of Ukrainian writer Stanislav Stetsenko “Wars of artists”

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The novel is based on the historical events taken place in 1940s according to the recollections of artist-spy Nikolai Glushchenko

At the international festival «Book Arsenal» in Kyiv, on April 22, 2016, there was a presentation of the novel by Ukrainian writer Stanislav Stetsenko «Wars of artists». The novel is based on the historical events taken place in 1940s, according to the recollections of artist-spy Nikolai Glushchenko, the memoirs of Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, as well as declassified documents of State Security Service of Ukraine.

The author studied the biography of artist and spy Nikolai Glushchenko, who, living from 1925 to 1936 in France, gathered information for the Soviet Union, as well as over a hundred memoirs of Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill and other historical figures. As Stetsenko informed to Musartic, it was Glushchenko, registered at special services like agent Yarema, who was first to inform Stalin that Germany was preparing an offensive blow on the Soviet Union, thus denying established opinion that the first «messenger» of the war was Richard Sorge.

The characters of the novel include both real characters, namely — Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, their immediate surroundings, artists and writers who lived and worked in prewar Soviet Union and Nazi Germany – as well as fictional characters.

But the cornerstone of the novel is when Nikolai Glushchenko met Adolf Hitler, a young artist at that time, in the early 20s.

The writer and his book were presented at the Book Arsenal by Director of “Art Arsenal” Natalia Zabolotnaya.

Writer Stanislav Stetsenko and director of «Art Arsenal» Natalia Zabolotnaya. Photo: musartic.com

«Style of Stanislav Stetsenko is sort of contemporary art, contemporary-word. So you can apply the word contemporary (usually contemporary art is understood as the art, which goes back to modernism, or which is contrary to this phenomenon – editorial comment) to the writer’s thoughts, to books — Zabolotnaya said during the presentation of Stetsenko’s novel – in my opinion, Stanislav, you deserve to be nominated for the Nobel laureate».

Author of the novel “Wars of artists” signs the book for the readers. Photo: musartic.com

Stanislav Stetsenko worked on the book for six years and calls it a historical novel.

«I would call this book a historical novel as it has already grown the genre of adventure novel — Stetsenko said to Musartic». – In order to write the book I used memories of not only Nikolai Glushchenko, but also memoirs of Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, etc. In total — about hundreds of memoirs, including the environment of these historical figures».

Also been  studied catalogues of Glushchenko, which, according to Stetsenko, account for from 5 to 10 thousand works, and declassified documents of State Security Service of Ukraine.

«Each catalog provides information from the author and stories of his life. Artist Glushchenko provided as a spy about 200 parts and drawings to the USSR. From 1925 to 1936 he lived in France, and then ran away, because he was on the verge of failure. In 1940 when the main events of the novel took place, Glushchenko went with a delegation to Berlin, where the meeting was scheduled at the Ukrainian Institute, which was strongly supported by Germany in the hope of using the nationalists in the war. One of the workers of the institute gave Glushchenko secret information for the Soviet Union, including dictionaries, maps, etc. In fact, long before Richard Sorge, Glushchenko told Stalin about the imminent German offensive blow. Although it was always believed that this information was received from Richard Sorge»- Stetsenko said to Musartic.

Novel «Wars of artists» on the wall of publishing house “Folio” in the “Art Arsenal”. Photo: musartic.com
In the “Art Arsenal”, on April 22, 2016. Photo: musartic.com

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