In places far from the capitals, a full-fledged, eventful life flows. Local writers write about people, the transformation of nature and large-scale construction projects. Mark Sergeev edited the literary anthology "Angara" for several years.
Keeping up with the times
A person is not given to choose the place and time of his birth. At the same time, specific conditions and circumstances do not deprive him of the opportunity to strive for happiness. Writer and ethnographer Mark Davidovich Sergeev was born on May 11, 1926 in the family of a surveyor. At that time, the parents lived in Donbass. My father worked in the Shakhtostroy trust, where he was engaged in the "connection" of underground communications. The mother kept the household and raised the children. After a while, the head of the family was sent to the Irkutsk region, where survey work began in the alignment of the future Bratsk hydroelectric power station.
After several moves in 1939, the family settled for permanent residence in Irkutsk. Mark did well at school. He read a lot and already tried to write poetry. The readers saw the young man's first poem in 1940, on the last page of the Irkutsk Railroad Worker newspaper. Very quickly, the little boy became an informal leader among his peers and organized the first Timurov team in the city. When the aspiring poet was seventeen years old, he was drafted into the army. He was sent to serve in the East, where Private Sergeev took part in hostilities against militaristic Japan.
Returning to a peaceful life, Sergeev entered the philological faculty of Irkutsk University. For several years he worked as a correspondent for the Vostochno-Sibirskaya Pravda newspaper. The first collection of poems entitled "In a Wonderful House", which was published in 1950, the author addressed to children. For four years Mark Davydovich worked as deputy director of the regional library. In order to make managerial decisions professionally, he received an education in absentia at the Moscow Library Institute. It is important to note that in any position, Sergeev did not stop engaging in creativity.
Mark Davidovich devoted his entire adult life to Irkutsk, a city that he considered his own. The writer became interested in the fate of the Decembrists, who were serving their exile in the city on the Angara. The researcher's talent manifested itself in books dedicated to the wives of those people who at one time came to the Senate Square in St. Petersburg. After hard work, which took more than seventeen years, the local publishing house published the books "The feat of unselfish love" and "Faithful sister to misfortune."
Recognition and privacy
When the writer was asked how many books he published, Mark Davidovich found it difficult to answer. The famous participant in the cultural process was a humble person. Grateful descendants have counted books, plays, scripts, lyrics, historical sketches and other works of Sergeev. The total is a three-digit number.
The writer and ethnographer was awarded the Orders of Friendship of Peoples and the Badge of Honor. Little is known about Sergeev's personal life. The husband and wife raised two sons. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren live in different cities and countries. Mark Sergeev passed away in June 1997.