“Country of Scoundrels” Yesenin in brief summary

“Country of Scoundrels” Yesenin in brief summary


The action takes place in the Urals in 1919. The protagonist of the poem is the bandit Nomah, a romantic character, an anarchist rebel who hates “all those who grow fat on Marx.” He went once behind the revolution, hoping that it would bring liberation to the whole human race, and this anarchistic, peasant dream is close and understandable to Yesenin. Nomah expresses in his poem his cherished thoughts: about the love of the storm and hatred for that routine, absolutely non-Russian, artificial life that the commissars imposed on Russia. Therefore, the image of the “positive” Commissar Rassvetov in Esenin is pale.

Dawn is opposed to Nomah, but in the main is one with him. Nomakh, in which Makhno clearly guessed, Nomakh, who says that gangs of the same deceived as he is growing all over Russia, is ready to kill and seize power. He has no moral brakes. But it is completely immoral and Breaking Dawn, who in his youth visited the Klondike, turned the stock-market adventure there and is sure that any deceptions are good if the poor deceive the rich. So the Chekists who catch Nomakh are no better than him.

Nomakh arranges raids on trains running along the Ural line. Former worker, and now a volunteer Zamarashkin stands on guard. Here he has a dialogue with Chekistov, the commissar, who is shameless for Russia – for hunger, for savagery and brutality of the people, for the darkness of the Russian soul and Russian life… Nomakh appears as soon as Zamarashkin remains alone in his post. First he tries to lure him into a gang, then binds, steals a lantern and stops the train with this lantern. On the train of Dawn with two other commissars, Charin and Lobk. – Tells about the future of Americanized Russia, about the “steel enema” that must be supplied to its population… After Nomah rakes the train, takes all the gold and blows up the locomotive, Dawn personally heads it Search. In the stash where the former White Guards drink and the opium smokers smoke, Nomaha is hunted down by the Chinese detective Litza-hun. The author tries to show in the poem those main driving forces of Russian life that became apparent by the beginning of the twenties: here is the Jew of the Chekists, whose real name is Leibman, and his cherished dream is to Europeanise Russia; here and “sympathetic” volunteer Zamarashkin, who is equally sympathetic to the commissars, and Nomah; here and the miners of the mines,



believing that Russia can be put on the rack and make a prosperous power… But the spontaneous freedom, there is no spontaneous power in all these characters. She stayed only in Nomah and in the rebel Badger. Their triumph and the poem ends: Nomakh and Badger leave Chekist ambush in Kiev. the real name of which is Leibman, and the cherished dream is to Europeanise Russia; here and “sympathetic” volunteer Zamarashkin, who is equally sympathetic to the commissars, and Nomah; here and the miners of the mines, believing that Russia can be put on the rack and make a prosperous power… But the spontaneous freedom, there is no spontaneous power in all these characters. She stayed only in Nomah and in the rebel Badger. Their triumph and the poem ends: Nomakh and Badger leave Chekist ambush in Kiev. the real name of which is Leibman, and the cherished dream is to Europeanise Russia; here and “sympathetic” volunteer Zamarashkin, who is equally sympathetic to the commissars, and Nomah; here and the miners of the mines, believing that Russia can be put on the rack and make a prosperous power… But the spontaneous freedom, there is no spontaneous power in all these characters. She stayed only in Nomah and in the rebel Badger. Their triumph and the poem ends: Nomakh and Badger leave Chekist ambush in Kiev. She stayed only in Nomah and in the rebel Badger. Their triumph and the poem ends: Nomakh and Badger leave Chekist ambush in Kiev. She stayed only in Nomah and in the rebel Badger. Their triumph and the poem ends: Nomakh and Badger leave Chekist ambush in Kiev.

Yesenin does not give an answer to the question of who is needed now in Russia: an absolutely immoral but strong-willed and resolute Dawn or the same strong but spontaneously free Nomah that does not recognize any power and no statehood. One thing is clear: neither Chekistov, nor the faceless Charin and Lobka, nor the Chinese Litza Khun with Russia have done anything. And the moral victory remains for Nomakh, who in the finale accidentally hides behind the portrait of Peter the Great and watches the Chekists through his eye sockets.



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“Country of Scoundrels” Yesenin in brief summary