March 1966; Thirty
-four – year-old engineer Konstantin Platonovich Zorin remembers how he, a native of the village, was humiliated by city bureaucrats and how he once hated all the village. And now he is pulling back into his native village, so he came here on leave
for twenty-four days, and he wants to heat the sauna every day, but his bath is too old,
and to restore it alone, despite the carpentry leavened at the school of the FZO, Zorin can not and therefore seeks help from his neighbor, the old man Olesha Smolin,
but only he does not hurry to get down to business, but instead tells Zorinoo of his childhood. Olesha was born, like Christ, into a calf cow and just at the very Christmas. And the priest made him sin: he did not believe that Olesha had no
a sinewy old man with lively eyes. Olesha plays Aviner, saying that the corncob is non-lethal and that he will remain without milk. Kozonkov, not understanding the humor, is angry and threatens Olesha, which will write where it should go about the hay that Smolin devoured without permission,
and that the hay will be taken away from him. In response, Olesha says that Aviner, with permission of the village council, will be robbed in the cemetery – he will rob the dead. Smolin and Kozonkov finally quarrel,
But when Aviner leaves, Olesha notices: they’ve had arguments with Aviner all their life. With maloletstvovak. A friend can not live without a friend. And Smolin begins to tell. Oleshai Aviner is a one-year-old. Somehow the boys made birds of clay and furcali – who’s next. And Aviner (then Vinya) typed the clay more than anyone else, planted on the willow prut straight to Fedulenko’s window,
Fedulenok – out of the house, and Vinya alone remained in place and only said: “Vonone in the field ran!” Well, Fedulenok rushed after them, and Olesha overtook him.
Yes, and would have killed if it had not been for Oleshin’s father. At the age of twelve Vinka and Oleshaprhodskaya school finished, so Vinka wrote down all the gates with the matyugami on his threshing floor – he had the handwriting as in the zemstvo superior, and tried to wrestle from the work of Vinka, even plow-gutsky spoiled, if only the manure was not thrown into the furrow. And when his father was drunk with non-payment of taxes, Vinya ran to look, and even boasted: he saw, he said, like a dyke, and he tied on logs tied… And then Olesha went to St. Petersburg.
There the carpenters beat him hard, but they taught him how to work. After the skirmish with Olesha Avinerv, the bath does not show. Zorin, hearing that Anfei’s daughter had come to Kozonkov, was leaving for the guests. Aviner sings his six – or seven-year-old grandson with vodka, while he himself, drunk, tells Zorin how he was a young man – he deceived everyone around and even pulled money out of the corners of the church he had just laid. The next morning Olesana is not a bathhouse. Zorin goes to him and finds out that from Oleshi they require a forest to eat – to cut the ragged food (this is the result of Kozonkov’s machinations: he also writes about the work of the store every week). Only after dinner Zorin comes to repair the baths again begins to tell. This time about how Kozonkov wanted to get married,
and the father refused him: on the Avinerovye sledge there was a rope wrap, so on the first hill, you see, the wrapper will burst… Then Olesha tells about his love. Tanya, Fedulenko’s daughter, the braid was thick, below the waist. ears are white. And his eyes – not even his eyes, but two pools, then blue, then black. Well, Olesha was timid.
And somehow in the Uspeniev day after the holiday, the men got drunk, and the guys slept on the streets near the girls. Vinka then pretended to be drunk, and Olesha began to ask under the canopy, Oleshin’s cousin and Tanya wanted to sleep. Then the first cousin sniffed into the hut:
samovar, they say, forgot to close. And she did not go back – she was smart. And Olesha, all trembling with fear, went to Tanya, and she began to persuade him to leave… Olesha foolishly went out into the street. I danced, and when I came to the ponies in the morning, I heard Vinykapod flattening it with his canopy. And how to kiss. A cousin, having mocked Olesha, said that Tanka had told him to find, but only where to find it? As if the age did not dance. Olesha ends his story. A truck passes by, the driver insults Smolin, but Olesha only admires him: well done, you can immediately see that he is not from the outside. Zorin, angry and at the driver for the impudence of Smolin, leaves without saying goodbye. Kozonkov, coming to Smolin,
tells how since the eighteenth year he became the right-hand man of Tabakov, authorized by the RIC’s finance department. And he himself was tossing the bell off the bell tower, and even from there he had a small need from there, from the bell tower. And in the small group of the poor, created to bring kulaks to clean water and to open a class war in the village, Aviner also participated. So now, a colleague Tabakov, they say, lives on a personal one, and Kozonkov is interested, can not, and he is also personal? So the documents are all collected… Zorin looks at the documents,
but they are clearly not enough. Aviner complains that he sent, say, an application for personal in the district, but lost there: around there is one gang and bureaucracy. But after all, Kozonkov,
from the eighteenth year on leading jobs – and the secretary in the village council,
and brigadier, two years “head mateef worked, and then in the selp” throughout the war loans spread. And he had a revolver. Once Kozonkov quarreled with Fedulenko – the revolver threatened, and then he did not want to be accepted into the collective farm: two cows, two samovars, a
house for two. And then Fedulenko, as an individual, was taxed with such a tax… Aviner leaves. DomFedulenka, where the kolkhoz office was, looks empty, without windows, windows. And the prickly raven freezes on the prince. She does not want to do anything. Zorin’s vacation is coming to an end. Olesha works on conscience and therefore slowly. And he tells Zorin how they guided them, to the hard labor of guilt – to build roads, how to handle logging, then to rafting, and then they had to sow bread on the collective farm,
yes only it turned out for four weeks later than necessary. Olesha remembers how they came to describe the property of Fedulenko. House – with a hammer. The whole family – in the link. When they said goodbye, Tankak Olesha with all the people approached. Yes, how to cry… They were taken to Pechora, there were from the first two or three letters, and then – no rumor or spirit. Olesha then VinkaKozonkov attributed kulak agitation, and tormented Smolin strongly. And now Oleshane decides to tell Zorin everything to the end – that after all, “parteyny.” Banyayaokazyvaetsya ready. Zorin wants to settle with Olesha, but he does not seem to hear. Then they are steamed together. Zorin specifically for Olesha includes a transistor, both listen to Schubert’s “Beautiful Woman”, and then Zorin gives a transistor Olesha. Before leaving for Zorin, Olesha and Aviner come. After drinking, they begin to argue about collectivization. Olesha says,
recalls how the fists recorded Kuzya Periev (he and the cow did not have,
yes, only Tabakov was sworn in the feast). And according to Aviner, Smolin himself followed along with Fedulenko – at the root: “You were a contra, there is a contra.” Reaches a fight. Aviner knocks on the wall with Oleshina’s head. Nastasya, Olesha’s wife, appears and leads home. Aviner leaves, saying: “I’m for discipline to my own brother… I will not regret my head… It will fly off to the side!” Zorin begins to have flu. He falls asleep, then wakes up and, staggering, goes to Smolin. And there they sit and talk peacefully… Avineri Olesha. Smolin says that they will both go to the same land, and asks for Aviner, if Olesha is dead, make him a tomb honorable – on the thorns. And Kozonkov asks Smolin about the same, if Olesha survives him. And then both of them, bowing their heads, quietly and harmoniously sing the ancient lingering song.