Vic Shapkin

Author's photo 1Автор, режиссер, переводчик
Образование: переводческий факультет Нижегородского лингвистического университета и режиссерский факультет Московского института театрального искусства (ГИТИС)
Лауреат Всероссийского конкурса киносценариев “Надежда”
Повесть “Я – “Як”, истребитель” вошла в список финалистов Национального конкурса “Книгуру-2014”

Author, director and interpreter
Education: interpreters faculty of the Nizhniy Novgorod State Linguistic University and directors faculty of the Moscow Theatre Highschool (GITIS)
The National Scripts Prize “Nadeshda” (The Hope) laureate
Story “I’m the “Yak”, fighter” in Long List of the National Literature Prize “Kniguru-2014”

Synopsis of the novel

“Do not forget to die”

 P r e a m b l e


The complete title of the text is “Do not forget to die” (visual novel).

Genre – visual prose, that is:

– visual words,

– some parallel plots,

– associated cutting of episodes,

– free improvisation as the main principle of style,

– synthesis of prose and drama,

– full interactive (each of readers-spectators can cut the text as he likes).


S y n o p s i s


Part 1   “Time, Follow Me!”


– The story of a teenager whose mother suddenly dies. The mother’s death here means also the death of youthfulness (a carefree life time when everything is so unsophisticated and crystal clear), bringing about the onset of tormenting insoluble questions and problems, which everyone is doomed to face and should overcome, if one is to be a full-fledged human being.

– A gang of youthful rockers led by imbecile find themselves in a queer world of humanoids and, having failed to identify themselves with it, destroy it and set to creating their own fragile and imaginatory bright world of dreams and uttor happiness. But it turns out that the humanoids and the youth are just two halves of the sole.

– A young director stages an experiment – he sets up a drama school-commune viewed as a mini-model of the ideal society of equal rights, and he attempts to implement his ideology (Creativity of Life) in practice. However, the life naturally makes its own corrections.


Part 2   “Sugary Years of Stagnation”


– A young man leads a natural, free life like an animal in the finest sense of the word. He does not interfere with anyone, he is not involved in politics, he does not aim at social restructuring of the society. He simply lives as he breathes – unabated. But this proves unviable, inadmissible in a totalitarian society. He is left with the only choice – to die in order to preserve his self.

– An elderly director stages “Hamlet”, but really produces his own death.


Part 3   “If War Comes Tomorrow”


– A regular summer day when just nothing can happen. A normal company of just-out-of-the-college graduates is having an outdoor celebration of a birthday of a girl graduate. And, suddenly, occurs the mental cataclysm, and the human being merges with the Nature, with the Universe and reaches the ultimate depths of his own self.

– A former “Afgan” soldier, an outcast, learns that he has AIDS. He is looking for a foothold and finds it in a woman who infected him. His trip to his birthplace, into a homely Russian village, hard peasant’s toil impart him the will to hold out in his grapple with death and to resist the moral crush. In fact, it is the new testament – the human absolves oneself in agony and dies, and rises from the dead. It not in this that all the mystery of eternal life lies – life creative and not life destructive?

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