Obirin University Obirin Review of International Studies
- 国際学レヴュー = The Review of international studies (ISSN:09162690)
- vol.18, pp.7-24, 2006-03-31
With regard to the Russian "figure of mother and son", you probably remember first of all the icon of the Holy Mother and Son. It is a symbol of love, and is connected with the image of Christian salvation. Gorky's novel "The Mother" exists as the typical classic of Russian literature, in which is described the figure of the mother and son. This is connected to the image of the socialist revolution. In this paper I will focus on the figure of the mother and son in Valentin Rasputin's latest story "Ivan's daughter, Ivan's mother" and consider its significance. In the last scene of his short story "In the hospital" (1995) are quoted a few words of the song "Holy Rus' is inviting" written by father Roman: Bom, bom, bom-Where are on earth, Russian sons, Bom, bom, bom-Why did you forget Mother? Bom, bom, bom-Was it not you in this melody, that went to die in the steps of the parade? "Russian sons" and "Mother" in this song come out as a new unique 21st century Russian literary type in Rasputin's story "Ivan's daughter, Ivan's mother".