Kourdakov’s Contrasts

I believe Kourdakov was a really good writer. The contrasts he placed in his narrative are simply indescribable. The way he lets you as a reader see the difference between the falseness of communism and the reality of it is really interesting. He uses many ways to let us see this contrast, specially using the Believers. How the average Russian would spend Sundays in picnics, resting, doing nothing, and drinking loads of vodka. While the Believers would join together and spend Sunday in something meaningful, that gave them hope, something to believe in, stay united, and be blessed; worship God.

Also, when Sergei Kourdakov describes the joy, pride, and fulfillment he feels when he receives his award for being the best communist youth leader in Kamchatka. How he sees communism as his religion, as something glorious and powerful, until it all comes down to pieces a few minutes later. He is taken into a separate room where all the main leaders of communism are having what many would call a “feast”. Eating wonderful delicacies and drinking vodka to death. In that room, a man named Orlov starts cursing communism and basically saying it is a disgrace to humanity. There, in an almost instant view of contrast, he starts losing faith and hope in what he was proud of just a few moments ago, communism.

These are just basic examples of the contrasts Kourdakov wrote in his autobiography, but the very best one I like, is the one of the ending pages of the story. The change he writes in them is extraordinary.


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