Based on motifs from the short story Kholstomer: The Story of a Horse by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Puppet Theatre Maribor / Bufeto Institute, Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana and Association Celinka
The main character of Tolstoy’s short story Kholstomer is a horse. A horse, as one of the first domesticated animals, played an important role in human society – it is a symbol of vital power, lust, elegance, travel, passage to the afterlife ... But in this work, Tolstoy places the horse on the margins of society – whether human or equine.
As an observer from the margins of society, the horse can really share his observations, life experiences and discoveries. In the short story, Tolstoy deals with always exciting topics: the meaning of life and life’s fulfilment, the coexistence between man and nature, the comparison of the meaningfulness of human and animal aspirations. Platnomer - the main character - tries to understand the world around him, and has his own opinion of people and life, as well as his destiny. Because he has
spots on wrong places, human society labels him as different, as inferior, as a thing. Neither its noble origins nor abilities count … the human society is not ready to overlook the wrong spots. Its coloration excludes it from society and hit stays on the margins of society forever.
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