1997 by Alexander Petrov of Prechistoe, Russia
Santiago, a fisherman, sets out alone taking his skiff far onto the Gulf. He sets his lines and by noon of the first day, a big fish - a marlin - takes the bait. Unable to land the great marlin, the fish tows Santiago in his skiff. Two days and two nights pass in this manner, during which the old man bears the tension of the line with his body. Though he is wounded by the struggle and in pain, Santiago expresses a compassionate appreciation for his adversary, often referring to the fish as a brother...
"... if I made the characters good and true, they could mean many things".
Thank you, bonnie.