russian literature: a summary
ivan ivanovich ivanov is an upper middle class student who is madly in love with maria petrovna petrova! BUT maria petrovna petrova loves dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov who is a nihilist upper middle class student!
ivan ivanovich ivanov goes through a long soul searching journey before realizing all life is petty and meaningless and eventually dying alone and unloved of tuberculosis while dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov marries maria petrovna petrova
"There’s nothing more reassuring than realizing that the world is crazier than you are”.
I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.
The stories tell of a golden age long ago when our civalization spanned the system. It was a bright and hopeful time, but it didn’t last. Something hit us. knocked us down and tried to stamp us out. No one knows exactly what, but we do know this: very few of us survived, and those who did owe their lives to the traveler.