Russian science fiction writer, author of intellectual ironic detective stories Lev Gursky (Roman Arbitman) died at the 59th year of his life from coronavirus infection. This was announced by the literary critic Alexander Arkhangelsky. Gursky's colleague in the writing department, Sergei Lukyanenko, noted that the writer was not only a prominent figure in Russian science fiction, but also a critic of the "old school, the formation of the 70s."
“Roman Arbitman died of covid. I can't believe it,”Arkhangelsky wrote on his Facebook page.
Russian science fiction writer Sergei Lukyanenko, in an interview with the Daily Storm, noted Gursky not only as the author of "the most interesting literary hoaxes", but also as a literary critic. “He was a critic of the old school, the formation of the 70s. He was very active in our science fiction. Then he began to write himself. He had very curious novels, rather a detective plan. He is the author of some of the most interesting literary hoaxes, books that are written in the genre of the study of unwritten books and some non-accidental reality,”he said.
“He had a very good, in my opinion, film adaptation of Detective Dubrovsky's Dossier with Nikolai Karachentsov in the title role. He was a very talented person. The person is a little provocative, difficult to argue and talk about. We periodically argued and swore with him. Something he could criticize, something to praise. But, in principle, it was a very noticeable figure in our science fiction,”added Lukyanenko and complained that today there are“very few good critics”and their number“can be enumerated on the fingers of one hand”.
Roman Arbitman was born on April 7, 1962 in Saratov. In 1984 he graduated from the philological faculty of the Saratov State University. Published under several pseudonyms: Lev Gursky, Rustam Stanislavovich Katz, Arkady Danilov and Andrei Makarov. Author of over 30 books, including "Danger", "Kill the President", "Put on Black". In 1999, based on the novel "Change of Places", the television series "D. DD Dossier of Detective Dubrovsky ", in which the name of the protagonist Stern was changed to Dubrovsky. The author's last novel, The Ministry of Justice, was released in 2020.]]>