Grigori Gorin

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Israilevich and the family name is Ofshtein.

Grigoriy Gorin (Russian: Григо́рий Го́рин), real name Grigoriy Israilevich Ofshtein (Russian: Григо́рий Изра́илевич Офштейн; March 12, 1940, Moscow — June 15, 2000, Moscow) was a Soviet/Russian playwright and writer of Jewish descent.

Gorin is particularly credited with scripts for several plays and films,[1] which are regarded as important element of cultural reaction to the Era of Stagnation and perestroyka in Soviet history.

Biography[edit]

Gorin was born in Moscow to a Jewish family of Soviet Army officer father and doctor mother. After graduation from the Sechenov 1st Moscow Medical Institute in 1963, Gorin worked as a ambulance doctor for some time (his mother spent her medical career on similar position).

He was involved in amateur playwriting from his student years. First, with the sketches for the students' local KVN network club. Gorin started publishing his satirical articles and sketches since 1960th, finally choosing writing as the professional career. He worked as a Chief of Humor Department in Yunost magazine, using Galka Galkina pseudonym.

In 1966, first book was published - Four under one cover (co-authored).

In 1978 — 1990 Gorin was a regular participant in the Vokrug Smekha (Around Laughter), the popular TV program.

Selected works[edit]

Dramaturgy[edit]

Screenplays[edit]

Cultural impact[edit]

Many of Gorin's aphorisms became popular among the Soviet people, e. g. piano in the bushes,[citation needed] which means painstaking preparations for a would-be impromptu.[2] This particular one appeared in a humoresque called Quite accidentally by Arkanov and Gorin, published in that 1966 book.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ mostly those by Mark Zakharov and Eldar Ryazanov.
  2. ^ (Russian) Comments on "piano in the bushes" at Gramota.ru
  3. ^ Arkady Arkanov, anchor of Vokrug Smekha Non-Stop at Russian Kultura TV channel website

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