Kozakov keeps a methodical record of his life. Starting at fifteen years of age, he writes his diary: detailed notes penned in 96-page standard exercise books, each entry beginning with air temperature and wind direction, describing occurrences at work and at home, and switching back and forth between musings on love and his place in society.
Moscow-based publishing house Gluschenkoizdat have come into possession of Nikolai Kozakov’s notebooks for the year 1962. Following extensive work on their transcription and preparation for print, the publishers present the present volume for the edification of readers, in conjunction with a radio drama. The publication of Николай Козаков. Дневник. 1962 (Nikolay Kozakov: Diaries. 1962) has been timed to coincide with the publishers’ summary exhibition Our days are rich and bright.