When the reader is usually prepared and knowledgeable, hears the name of Andrei Platonov, he immediately reminded of "Pit" and "Chevengur."And with them comes to mind Plato's charisma and hard style, which can not be felt immediately, as his tongue envelops the reader as drug intoxication, gradually, and delays in, like a swamp.It is not clear, like a man of his books, and he just can not get out of the bizarre death of literary space impregnated Russian classics of the XX century.All this is true of small literary forms, which do not change their style of Plato."The third son" (summary included) - too much proof of that.
In a small provincial town at the old man's wife dies, and he gives the telegram to different parts of the Soviet Union sons (they all had six), so they came and helped with the funeral, said goodbye to his mother.
first on the scene comes the eldest son, followed him and all the others in a short time.With the baby coming only third son - he brings with him a small daughter.With great skill described in the story of everything that concerns his mother's death, Plato."The third son" (summary of the reports is only partially) - in this sense, a little eerie work.
Then there was a funeral service in the house where nobody really believed in God, so the whole procedure takes on the character syurreliastichesky and slightly absurd: pop read prayers, the children stood guard (none of them prayed) at the grave of his mother and quietly wept sparingly droppingtears.A priest at that time very much like in closed fraternal society, wanted to feel involvement in what is happening, wanted to talk with men about socialism and its construction.
grandfather put all the brothers in the same room, and he went with her granddaughter in the other.After some time out of the room the brothers heard laughter, a childish romp and songs.A grandfather wept with her granddaughter.Then the girl stopped crying on the grandmother, who did not know, and my grandfather could not stop her silent tears.
The room was silent brothers, only one - third son.It soon fuss and noise stopped.The door opened, the room came third son, came to the tomb of his mother, wanted to lean on him in the dark or grasp, but made an awkward movement of the coffin and pulled off the table, and then lost consciousness.Other brothers rushed to his aid.Most had no songs, no fun.Brothers scattered throughout the house and yard, and softly howled about his dead mother.These events pathetically described by Plato."The third son" (summary of the evidence of this) - a small, but strong writing.
Death as a domestic phenomenon and as an existential event
But the plot is not limited to setting out the contents of this article.When people talk and write about Platonov, there is always a temptation to look behind the plot outline of the work and behold something for her lies.This temptation we lag behind, going from restatement to existential analysis work, which wrote Plato."The third son" (a summary of this can not hide) to such a study, as well as all the work of the author.
Until the moment when the third brother left the room, death seemed all gathered people, except, perhaps, her granddaughter and grandfather, as a private event and may even be mediocre.Yeah, his mother died, so what?After all, life goes sons.Life ends and ends with death - this is perfectly normal.Brothers also have not seen and do not know when to meet again, except that at the funeral of his father.So why not fool around.
logic in it, because there are basic tenets of everyday thinking.If you recall, who rarely sees the death of the elderly as a real tragedy.It is usual that older people are dying, and the young live.But this "ordinary", as a rule, do not open, and vigorously hide behind a ritual: to throw the coffin, howl and cry over the dead that no one realized that in fact everyone anyway.
Existential death becomes an event when the third son of his "quiet word" stop rejoicing brothers out of the room to the last time in the darkness to touch the mother and faints with emotion.And then all the others understand what it all really - the mother is no longer and will never be.Fainting one of the characters tearing the fabric of everyday life, exposing the whole essence of the tragic death.
This is the existential interpretation of the events of the death of the old woman in the work of "third son".Andrei Platonov - the great master of not only words, but also philosophy.
contrast of life and death in the book "The third son»
amazing, but first, even assuming that the dead man is in the house, a sense of tragedy is only transmitted unique language of Platonov, the sons do not feel it.For them, death - it's part of life.But when the third brother faints, the others realize that death - is irreversible, something completely different than life.Such a discovery is certainly frightening characters (and together with them and the reader).Thoroughly convey a sense of the tragic gap between the life and death of Plato.Andrei Platonov "third son" built on the contrast between normal life and irreversibility of death and abnormality.This work is worth reading Russian classics.Moreover, it is perfect for a first acquaintance with the work of APPlatonov.