Manifestation of October 17, 1905 - Ilya Repin
"The Governor" was a short story written by Leonid Andreyev in 1905. The story has been characterised as Andreyev's response to the real-life murder of governor-general, Sergey Aleksandrovich in February of that same year.
The story is about well... a generally kindly and good governor who does something reprehensible: he orders his men to fire into a crowd of peaceful protesters. This results in the death of over 40 men, women and children. Although the governor was not at all reprimanded by the government for his actions, he grows increasingly haunted by the incident and becomes more and more certain of his impending assassination. His entourage also grows certain that his days are numbered and the story well...is the countdown of a walking corpse.
Andreyev's description of the isolating impact the looming death has on the governor is rather interesting. Bit by bit, the governor grows detached from his professional life, his family and friends and even his own thoughts, till he is nothing more than a walking corpse waiting for the impending(?) end.
The story was not too long and helped me pass the time on a lazy, Saturday afternoon. 2 out of 3.