Varlam Shalamov

Authors catalogue

Irina Sirotinskaya

Irina Sirotinskaya — close friend of Varlam Shalamov, the holder of the publication rights of his works.
Link to russian page of Irina Sirotinskaya.

  • Irina Sirotinskaya The Years We Talked

  • My first impression of Varlam Tikhonovich? Big. There was the physique, tall and broad-shouldered, and then a clear sense of an extraordinary, formidable personality — from his first words, at first glance. I was to know him for many years. That first impression never changed, but it gained in complexity… It is impossible, nor should one reduce this complex, contradictory personality to a single denominator. Within him, different facets of his personality co-existed and battled, always at the boiling point.