About a man is judged by its relation to animals and animals in relation to it. For writers often personify animals and human characters purely human problems. This is common for the writer's Alexander Olshansky, whose website has a section "On our smaller brethren." Here's the famous story of "Rex" on the border dog, written with such certainty that at the time the magazine "Young Naturalist" published it in the column "Notes of a Naturalist." The total circulation of this story long ago exceeded 3.5 million copies, it has created a kind of "reksianu." But the story-a parable, and in the work of Olshansky animals are parable nature of extraordinary fidelity Rex has another plan – the theme of loyalty, loss of individuality, freedom of his will. And such people can be trained to. Story 'Portosik' on a pretty cat-thief shkodnichaet that wherever we can, but educational measures it did not act. The story was written when the author was in his twenties, and the product of inherent doubts about the effectiveness of education, when it concerns the nature of being. "Whist, Pass, minuscule …" – the story of our irresponsible game with nature, the tragic fate of a draw stray dog Vaska, who all his life searching for the Boss. It is written in the Soviet period and the idea that everything in this world you want to host, that no man leads to ruin, was the idea of necessity in a country of private property.
The story "In good hands," continues the theme of the relationship of man and animals, but about perverted form of love for our younger brothers when she did not esteem the suffering of humans compared with animals, but it enslaves themselves and pets. "The Tale of Berdyansk goby" – the story-alert danger to all living our irresponsible attitude toward nature. But it's also a story about us, too gullible, not pecking for food, but just the idea of food … "lucky thing" – multi-dimensional story, but central to it is driven into mortal combat between the bear-rod and driven into the injustices of life. The winner is the person, but he is least like the winner. On animals it comes in other works.
Story "The death of Tamara" has become a cult in the homeland of a writer who is proud of the fact that the number of "Roman-gazeta", where it was published, in raisins stolen from mailboxes. Tamara called his mare Izyumsky kerosinschik tale, and it was the last horse in the city. In the "Cheeky Obezyanke" image appears as though the animal as a model for the future of smart, beautiful and intelligent woman, it's hard going to break with her husband, a nonentity. In the short novel "Before and After the first star, "an episode with an impressive celebration of the birthday of beloved dog" new Russian "on the background of the hungry young rural teachers. These works, like the creation of original talent of the writer, dictated by the search for harmony between man and nature, with ourselves, with past and future, space and everyday concerns – a sort of philosopher's stone, which Ol'shanskii, figuratively speaking, gained after almost half a century intense creative activity.