Interview with author of detective Tatyana Garmash-Roffe
 Portal is Tatyana Garmash-Roffe - Russian writer, author of 19 books. She works in the genre of classical detective story with an impeccable logic of the narrative, dynamic plot and psychological penetration. Her works are published by "Eksmo" in the author's series "Detective highest standard. Novels Tatyana Garmash-Roffe. "

Tatiana believes that the detective genre imposes a special responsibility on the writer requires a clear structure, strict logic of the investigation, the depth of thought and memorable characters. The author does not tolerate inaccuracies and logical contradictions in the story, painstakingly developing every topic, image and detail. Works by Tatiana - clear evidence that the genre of detective novel has great, untapped opportunities. Tatyana Garmash-Roffe follows the traditions of the masters of the detective genre, raising Russian detective novel to new heights.

Tatiana was born and raised in Moscow. Her childhood was spent in the creative atmosphere of the theater and music, thanks to her mother's television director. She graduated from the Philological Faculty of Moscow State University. MV Lomonosov. After university, she taught Russian language to foreigners, worked as a theater critic, published in many editions. In 1994, Tatiana married a Frenchman Claude Roffe and moved with his family to France, where she began a literary activity. Two children - a son and a daughter.

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We are lucky. Tatiana found the time to answer our questions. We present our small exclusive interview with the writer.

- Tatiana, the modern detective work is not always assess unambiguously. Do you have the desire to convince those who believe these books <> , Malointellektualnym reading matter for the subway?

Persuade someone else - a hopeless ... I prefer just to share his views on the subject.

First of all, what is meant by the word "detective"? Against what many readers there is such prejudice? Against the genre? Or against the fact that our domestic publishing houses offer the reader under the guise of a detective? Let's look at this issue.

Detective, by definition, a genre in which the reader is a logic puzzle. This product is intellectual - though (our language is poor!) Only in terms of logic, not philosophy. However, the logic is the thing that underlies comprehension as worldly and philosophical problems. The philosopher who does not have logic - there is not a philosopher, and a chatterbox ... Logic is a fundamental principle of understanding things, and she can teach (among other things) and good real detective.

Next. In our time, the detective turned into a novel - in contrast to the original detectives, novels, where the story was a single-line and fully dedicated to the investigation of crime. The main character of such works, whether by their author Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, was a cardboard figure, which is inserted at the right time in the right situation.

What do we know about "cardboard figure"? Never mind! The fate of Sherlock Holmes, as well as Hercule Poirot is from outside of the product. Was he married, had children there, whether divorced, suffered any mental trauma? I do not know about the reader never learns!

Another thing the modern detective story. Which, again, became a full-fledged novel - a genre novel is polyphonic, mnogolineen. In it, besides the detective line, there is the fate of the characters line ...

If he remains with the detective product? Yes, if it is a detective line - that is, Investigation of crimes - is a plot-rod. Survive, while, in the best traditions of the genre: it should be an exciting and dynamic intrigue, precise logic of the investigation, the strict truth of the material world and its laws. (About the "truth of the material world," explain: a work in which, for example, iron door opened by a nail file, a detective is not - it is already a fiction.)

Returning to the essence of your question, I will allow myself the courage to say that a good detective novel (ie a good novel + good detective) is reading from all angles worthy. And will it be read on the subway, in a comfortable chair, in bed, or sneak up on work - does not matter! One reader wrote to me once: "I can not tear myself away from your book! I read everywhere, even when I cook lunch: ladle in one hand, in another book! "I do not see anything offensive - on the contrary, to me it sounds like a compliment.

- In interviews you write that serious work on their texts, their stylistics, think through the plot. Therefore, you can not write more than two novels a year. As some writers manage to write a few books a year? It's different work styles writers? Or the quality of the work from this still suffers?

Pushkin said that writers should be judged according to the laws, they are recognized over them. I am convinced that this is the only correct approach to the evaluation of the works (of any genre). Location and quality assessment can not be shared by all. If Dontsov, for example, deliberately wrote light entertainment thing, do not claim the quality of the detective - then why are we going to her this evaluation criterion, ie, "Qualitative", to impose? Another thing, when the author initially states that seeks to maintain a certain height, both literary and genre. He is the author of this - we note in passing - is substituted much similar statement: immediately hunters are his "break off" ... But do not let the bad .

Claims on the quality demand is definitely time consuming. If you put it in front of such a task, a few books a year is absolutely impossible to write ... Even two of the novel in a year - it's too, too much! If publishing is not pressed to change the number, I would prefer to write one novel a year ... One consolation: the readers of my books are waiting impatiently. And I'm working seven days a week without holidays, I repeat, like a mantra: "The reader is waiting for ..."

- To write novels should probably be a very good psychologist to understand human relationships - between men and women, parents and children, friends, colleagues, etc., to describe their true and believable, penetrate deeply into this realm. Can you call yourself a psychologist, you learn this and help you if it is in your own life?

I am an inquisitive person, and read many works on psychology. But no book will not help, if not given the ability to feel people ... I found this quality in childhood, and the experience is just developing. One psychologist, reading my novels, said that I was "a psychologist from God." This is a very nice compliment, but it is just that I have an innate ability to get into the skin of other people. And, of course, this ability helps me in life. I often "hear" what they think and feel ...

- You have many years of living in France. Whether often happens in Russia? Has the Moscow during this time, and in what direction?

In Russia, it happens at least twice a year, sometimes more often. Moscow has changed, of course. And despite the many "buts", the better! It has become cleaner, more civilized, more colorful, and our residents have become less concerned about ... I do not compare with the gray and gloomy faces Moscow of Soviet times!

- How much do you read books by other authors (classical and modern), and what we would recommend the product? What do you prefer of nonfiction (periodicals, newspapers, magazines, business literature ... something else)?

Periodicals me replaces the Internet, - my morning begins with a cup of coffee in front of a computer screen. Politics, economics, social studies, scientific discoveries, - I'm interested in everything! Except, perhaps, gossip. Especially appreciate the clever analytical articles. Although their is not enough for my taste. It is not like visits with pretensions to a sensation, in the spirit: "Finally, scientists have proved that ..." What scientists? Where? No reference to the source, nor the names of these "scientists". Crap. I "get along" can not stand - not in the news or in the novels.

Among the books I've read lately, I would recommend to author that shocked me the amazing courage and confidence to the reader: this book about Muriel Barbery, "The elegance of the hedgehog." Philosophical thought - and without any claim to simplicity - woven into the story of the fate of two people belonging to different generations and social circles. A teenage girl from a bourgeois family, and the concierge, a woman over fifty, make sense of life in a similar register ... This is a beautiful and subtle tragicomedy. I strongly recommend this book to all thoughtful readers!

 Interview with author of detective Tatyana Garmash-Roffe

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