Inspired by the Novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Like a bicycle, like a wheel that, once rolling, is stable only so long as it keeps moving but falls when its momentum stops, so the game between a man and woman, once begun, can exist only so long as it progresses. If the forward movement today is no more than it was yesterday, the game is over.”
Set during the years after Stalins death, the semi authobiographical novel recounts the recovery of Russia from the Stalin era purges told thought the stories a ward of cancer patients and doctors in a remote city in what is now Uzbekistan, detailing the brutal treatments, interactions and back stories of all.
the novel was published in 1966, won the noble price for literature in 1970 and led in part to his exile from russia in 1974, before he eventually returned in 1994 before his death in 2008.
My interpretation focuses on the monkey who is mentioned at the end of the novel after Kostoglotov treament has ended
“An evil man threw tobacco in the macaque-rhesus eyes.' Oleg was struck dumb. Up to then he had been strolling along smiling with knowing condescension, but now he felt like yelling and roaring across the whole zoo, as though the tobacco had been thrown into his own eyes. 'Why?' Thrown into its eyes, just like that! 'Why? It's senseless! Why?'"
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