Vsevolod Garshin (14 February 1855 – 5 April 1888) was a Russian writer. His short stories are often concerned to the reflection of the evil’s nature and struggle against it . “The red flower” is considered to be his best work. The main character is a mad man put in a psychiatric hospital. There in the garden he notices three red flowers and decides that there are the essence of the world’s evil. He intendes to destroy it picking them up. He believes himself to be the only man to understand it and possible to commit. He is ready to sacrifice his life to eliminate the evil.
Since childhood he had inclinations to mental illness. The impressions of war and execution of terrorist Mlodetsky who tried to assassinate count Loris-Melikov worsened his condition. He tried to save Mlodetsky’s life in order to stop the terror and future deaths. At night he woke the count up and tried to persuade him to mercy upon Mlodetsky. He cried kneeling. But the next day Mlodetsky was executed.
Garshin’s relatives put him in psychiatric hospital because he constantly cried, drunk, stopped sleeping. He told rambling creepy stories. After two years of recovering he married and wrote “The red flower”. It has biographic features - because it was Garshin who in seizures dreamed about complete destroy of the evil.
His illness and desperation developed until he committed a suicide by throwing himself down a stairwell in 1888. He was just 33.
@lhommerevoltee photo, jacquemard text.