How does this story set the tone for the novel? What indicators does it give about class and social politics in the Soviet Union? How does this sentiment echo throughout the novel?
How does he cope with these feelings? How did the presence of Stalin and his government officials create an environment of apprehension? How did the media work with the state to create a smear campaign against Shostakovich? Was his fear warranted? Discuss the brief interaction with his neighbor on page How did the nod between them indicate a much deeper commentary on interpersonal reactions in Soviet Russia? Discuss the notion of selfhood and identity, and how those concepts are expressed differently in a capitalistic and a communistic society. Why does he subscribe to the idea of Free Love as a young man?
What changes his perception of it? How did you interpret this revelation? Throughout the novel, Shostakovich seemingly views himself as a puppet of Power. What does he view as his greatest rebellion?
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