Katun's riverside with view to Popov island was on of Shukshin's favorite places.|
|...I live with the feeling that one day I'll come back to my motherland forever... And I feel and enormous power over there, in my motherland, some kind of live power that is to be touched to find the lost spirit. Life ability and spirit strength brought by
our ancestors seem to live still there with people, and not for nothing it's believed that native air,
native speech and song, familiar since childhood, tender mother word can treat the soul.
Katun... Here it is rather calm and not very cold. Braky islands cover its width. He liked to come to this pebbly shore to read, to think without anyone disturbing him, to look at fast water. He liked to cloister here since childhood.