Terkin in the next world
Murdered in battle, Terkin is to the next world. It’s clean, it looks like a subway. The commandant orders Terkin to get formalized. Account table, check table, table. At Turkin they demand a certificate, they require a photo card, a certificate from a doctor. Terkin undergoes medical treatment. Everywhere pointers, inscriptions, tables. There are no complaints here. The editor of “Grobgazeta” does not even want to listen to Terkin. Cots are not enough, they do not give you a drink…
Terkin meets a front-line comrade. But he seems not happy meeting. He explains to Terkin: there are two other worlds-ours and the bourgeois. And our light is “the best and most advanced.”
Comrade shows Terkin Military Department, Civil. Here, no one does anything, but only direct and take into account. Are cut into dominoes. “Some members” are discussing the draft of the novel. There and then – “fiery orator.” Terkin is surprised: why all this is necessary? “Nomenclature,” explains his friend. A friend shows the Special Section: here the victims in Magadan, Vorkuta, Kolyma… The Kremlin leader himself is in charge of this department. He is still alive, but at the same time “with them and with us,” because “during his lifetime he places monuments to himself.” Comrade says that Terkin can get a medal, which was awarded posthumously.
… And then he hears through a dream: “A rare case in medicine.” He is in the hospital, above him is a doctor. Behind the walls is war…
Science marvels at Terkin and concludes: “To live for him another hundred years!”