Celebrating Fictional Prutkov

SOLVYCHEGODSK. Famous Russian writer and philosoper Kozma Petrovich Prutkov (1803 – 1863) worked for the government of the Russian Empire his entire adult life, and in 1820 entered military service as a Hussar, only for the uniform. His birth town Solvychegodsk is a small and picturesque town in the southeastern part of Arkhangelsk county, well-known for its cathedrals and salt spa. The cathedrals at the Vychegda River were financed by the rich Stroganov family, trading with salt and fur.

A festival  is held annually in Solvychegodsk to honour the memory of the great man. The rich program consists of music, traditional fair, handicraft, joke songs, speeches, photo contest etc.

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Part of the fair in Solvychegodsk. Photo Nordic Council of Ministers, Arkhangelsk.

Prutkov’s wise words are well-spread. Some samples:
”If ever asked: What’s more useful, the sun or the moon, respond: The moon. For the sun only shines during daytime, when it’s light anyway, whereas the moon shines at night.”
”Even oysters have enemies”
”One cannot embrace the unembraceable.”
”God placed death at the end of life to give us time to prepare for it.”

[The fictional author Prutkov was invented by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy and his cousins, three Zhemchuzhnikov brothers, Alexei, Vladimir and Alexander during the later part of the rule of Nicholas I of Russia.]

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