As Dima shaves and prepares for bed, he dreams of Ian, but an overheard conversation shakes and frightens him. He finally learns what his father and uncle are so stressed about, the broad strokes of Peltsin’s plotting. Worse, Dima learns he’s a pawn in the game!
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My Russian teacher, a Soviet naval officer defector, once amused the class by answering a question. “What part of living in America did you love the most after you jumped ship in San Francisco?”
We sat there, the six of us earnest young students, expecting something either very profound or very obvious. Like freedom or fresh vegetables in winter. Or maybe, access to banned literature. Instead, he laughed from his potbelly, stroked his goatee, and said, “But disposable razors, of course, with thin little blades. I adore throwing them away!”
We all laughed, nobody in the early 80s really much conscious of the dangers of disposable consumerism. Maybe his answer was more profound than we realized.
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