By Andrei Makine
In global conflict II Ivan Demidov received the crimson Army's optimum award for bravery, that of Hero of the Soviet Union. however the a long time following the struggle have introduced him a lifetime of complication, alleviated basically via his satisfaction during this fulfillment and the modest privileges granted to battle veterans. His daughter, Olya, however, born in 1961 and knowledgeable as a linguist, takes up a publish as an interpreter at Moscow's foreign enterprise heart with entry to a metropolitan way of life past the desires of her mom and dad. the one trap is that her task contains servicing overseas businessmen round the clock and passing on information regarding them to the KGB. this can be a lovely drama of disillusionment and pressure among the 2 generations: the one who grew up less than Stalin and observed its religion in him fall apart and the one who grew up less than Brezhnev, fixated at the glamour of the West and its fabric items. Makine's bright and actual evocation of lifestyle in post-war Soviet Russia fits in its depth the photos of nineteenth-century Russian lifestyles provided via Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
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All men “have the right to their divine inheritance but they alone exclude themselves from it”. Consequently, they can be said to be their own worst enemies; hence, they must deny themselves as limited, finite, terrestrial egos. , God, or the “divine nature” of man, for “God is within us”. This yearning is expressed in religion, a willing of the divine, which must “become the basis and reality of our lives and our actions”. Thirdly, there is the necessary mediating act of suffering. Suffering reconciles the limited ego, or man as such, with the absolute ego, or < 24 > Bakunin’s Dialectic and the Critique of Speculation God.
Democracy, as a revolutionary force, can thus be understood only by negative reference to unfreedom, and can only concretize itself, again in “its own living fullness”, by negating unfreedom. Such a dialectical process is not characterized by sublation < 49 > Mikhail Bakunin (Aufhebung). Sublation, though it is only semi-preservative, represents, to Bakunin, a preponderance of the positive — in both its Hegelian and Marxian forms (as well as the Comtean form). It is the element of sublation in it that causes the dialectic, which is a negative moment by definition, to give way to the speculative, which is positive.
15) Thus, in The Reaction the critique of the political as such (that is, in all forms) oversteps the critique of the religious (which is confined, as yet, to alien forms as opposed to the supposedly true “Democratic” form). This contrasts, as we will see below, with Bakunin’s earlier at< 26 > Bakunin’s Dialectic and the Critique of Speculation tempt, in Predislovie perevodchika: Gimnazicheskie rechi Gegelia (Preface to Hegel’s Gymnasial Lectures) (1838), to reconcile the religious (as a form of “the reason that is conscious of itself”) with the political (in its actuality, as the State, “the reason that is”).
A Hero's Daughter by Andrei Makine