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A Red Flower: A Story

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  152 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger

Paperback, 44 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1911)
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May 14, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it really liked it
Τι να λέμε τώρα. Ανεξάρτητα απο συμβολισμούς, αλληγορίες κτλ, οι πιο ατμοσφαιρικές 40 σελίδες που εχω διαβάσει τον τελευταίο καιρό.

4 αστέρια. Ήταν οτι έπρεπε.
Maria Thomarey
May 06, 2016 Maria Thomarey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This russian short story is by all means perfect! Wreathed in allegory, it explores the mind of a madman and his obsessions in an insane asylum. I don't think it could be done more masterfully and brilliantly. Not much can be said about it. Not much should be said about it. You can download it and read it for free and, by all means, do!
Anastasia Ts.
Jul 27, 2016 Anastasia Ts. rated it it was amazing
Προσπαθώ να σκεφτώ τι μου άρεσε τόσο σε αυτές τις σελίδες του βιβλίου! Δεν ξέρω αν ο Γκάρσιν είχε κάποιο συμβολισμό στο μυαλό του με το λουλούδι και το κακό...διαβάζοντάς το ωστόσο σκέφτηκα πως το κακό σπείρεται και καλλιεργείται, κ πώς πάντα υπάρχει κάποιος που θα προσπαθήσει να το κόψει/ να το περιορίσει!
Maan Kawas
Feb 05, 2014 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing
A wonderful short story by the great Russian writer Vsevolod Grarshin that is a dense, artistic and dramatic work, full of symbolism! It’s the story of an asylum patient who is fascinated with the liberation of mankind from the evil, which according to him resides in three poppies in the hospital’s garden. The story includes metaphysical dimension (liberation and rebirth of mankind), coupled with the conflict between darkness and light (the opposite forces). The patient perceives himself as the ...more
Si tratta di un brevissimo racconto in cui un folle vuole redimere l'umanità dal Male. Chiuso in un manicomio è convinto che tutto il male del mondo sia racchiuso in tre papaveri rossi che crescono nel giardino della casa di cura. Ogni papavero estirpato indebolisce il folle che si convince che in questa lotta tra il Bene e il Male solo uno dei due possa sopravvivere. La malattia peggiora, deliri e allucinazioni aumentano, gli inserviente non si allontanano un attimo, eppure non perde le speranz ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Alexandria rated it really liked it
This is a short story of a madman in an asylum. He has many halluciations and obsesses over the evil of mankind. This story is filled with haunting imagery of the insane asylum and symbolism of the poppy (for corruption and evil) that is hard to get out if your head.
Overall a very compelling tale by Garshin.
This is a short masterpiece about a Patient in a mental hospital and his attempts to defeat the evil of the world. It's based on Garshin's personal experience in a mental hospital (as he suffered from a mental disorder throughout his life).


Janith Pathirage
Mar 12, 2015 Janith Pathirage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great psychological short story. A real feast for the fans of Russian short fiction. Its amazing how these authors use objects to symbolize the soul of their stories. Here it was this insignificant red flower, nobody cares about it except the protagonist , who sees all the evil in this world through it. Really enjoyable story.
Apr 29, 2015 Liselott rated it really liked it
I came across this very short story while reading Compartment No 6 where the girl, the main character, was reading Garshin's 'A Red Flower'. And she liked the protagonist so much that she would have liked to read more about him and his twisted world in a Russian asylum.
To write much more about is to spoil it, as the story itself is just over 40 pages. But I have to say that Garshin's writing is so beautiful and flowing that I too, would have liked to read more about 'the madman' or 'our patient'
Dec 16, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it
I enjoyed this quick read despite its sad tone; "A red flower" tells of the tribulations of a madman incarcerated in a mental asylum in the year 18--. Aside from the beautiful descriptions, both of the mans condition and of the asylum itself, Garshin layers the work with plenty of symbolism. The patient convinces himself that it is he who must save mankind, absorbing, as it were...the poison from a red flower, found in the garden of the hospital.

Like I said, quick but enjoyable.
Dec 16, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing
I was totally absorbed by this short little book. The symbolism seems to me to be representative of a saviour figure. The troubled soul felt it his obligation to redeem the world from evil. The third flower was essential. It is difficult not to draw parallels with Christ's redemption on behalf of the world. The three flowers echo for me the triune God: Father, son and Holy Spirit: a treasure of a find.
Dec 18, 2014 Marijke rated it really liked it
For its length, the story is well thought out and incredibly detailed. I especially enjoyed Garshin's imagery and the almost reeling feeling one gets while reading. I'm not sure that I would read this style in a longer form, but its concise format works well.
Óscar Velasco
Sep 18, 2015 Óscar Velasco rated it really liked it
A history that goes straight to the point. The suffocating ambient of the madhouse is masterfully depicted, and the transition between the lucid and the mad periods of the protagonist is quite unique.

Beautifully narrated.
Dec 21, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, such an eloquent description of mental illness in the pre- medication era.
The author has poured both his own fears and his own empathy into this tale.
A truly human look at mental illness.
Sarah-louise Raillard
A darkly humorous fable.
Oct 04, 2015 Vanjr rated it liked it
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Russian literature sure over its prisons and insane asylums.
Jan 25, 2014 Kassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weird, unusual but deep. Really deep. Makes you think...
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Vsevolod Garshin (Russian: Всеволод Михайлович Гаршин) is considered one of Russia's masters of short fiction. The son of a wealthy army officer, he served in the last of the Russo-Turkish Wars (1877 to 1878) and wrote his first story, "Four Days" (1877), while recovering from battle wounds. His subsequent stories, which were praised by Ivan Turgenev and Anton Chekhov, often dealt with the subject ...more
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