PART:CULTURE AND HISTORY Playwright Leon Agulyansky: “Theatre played for me an important role since childhood”. Interview with the author of the play “Sparrow’s Nest”. — Tell us about yourself.
—I am a Petersburger in the fourth generation. My ancestors in the line of grandmother and grandfather were cantonists and got permission to live in the capital. In 1982 I graduated from the first Leningrad Medical institute. I worked as an urologist. In 1988 my family and I immigrated to Israel. I spent 10 years to acknowledge my diploma. At the moment I work at my own clinic, I am the clinic’s head.
— Do you remember the moment you started writing? How did it happen? Once, on one day or gradually?
— I worked in Israel in the country’s greatest medical centre Tel-Hashomer. I served 1,5 year in the army as a ship doctor. I happened to experience different things: the results of terroristic attacks, car accidents, war. Accumulated emotions obsessed me at particular moment. The only escape was to splash the emotions out to paper, and I did so in the novel “Not the Russian Roulette”. Critics didn’t praise the novel high but readers downloaded it online million times. Two more books appeared later in Israel and Publishing House ACT. But today “paper books” are issued and printed less and less. Texts aren’t bought online either. Readers desire to download books for free. They don’t want to pay even 90 cents for a book. However it stands to mention that online payments aren’t