Standing three hundred odd years on the banks of the Angara, Matera saw everything in her lifetime. “By the time of the Angara, the bearded Cossacks rose up the Angara up the Irkutsk prison, people who were scurrying to and fro on it spent the night, carrying prisoners along the water, and also, having caught sight of the inhabited shore directly on the bow, they also raked up to him: bonfires, cooked fish soup from the fish caught, two full days the battle rumbled between the Kolchak people who occupied the island, and the partisans who went in boats to attack from both banks. ” There is a church in Matera on the high bank, but it has long been adapted for storage, there is a mill and an “airport” on an old pasture: twice a week people fly to the city.
It’s scary for women that a sanitary brigade will arrive before flooding and raze the village cemetery. Daria, an old woman with a character, under whose protection all the weak and suffering gather, organizes the offended and tries to oppose. It is not limited only to a curse on the heads of offenders, invoking God, but also directly enters into battle, armed with a stick. Daria is determined, militant, energetic. Many people in her place would reconcile with the created situation, but not her. This is by no means a meek and passive old woman, she judges other people, and first of all Paul’s son and her daughter-in-law. Strict Darya and the local youth, she does not just scold her for leaving a familiar world, but also threatening: “You will regret it.” It is Daria who most often refers to God: “Forgive us, Lord, that we are weak,
Not only Darya and other old women feel discontent with what is happening. “I understand,” says Pavel, “that nothing can be done without machinery and without the greatest technology, and everyone does not go anywhere.” Everyone understands this, but how can one understand how to recognize what was done to the village? “Why they demanded from people who live here It is possible, of course, not to ask these questions, but to live as it is, and to swim, as it floats, but I’m on the wrong side of it: to know how much and for what, to dig yourself to the truth. and man. “