As the author records, one poet, Yulka M, "became so confused by these multiple images that she hanged herself so as to return to unity".
Wilk's take on the mighty ruin of Solovky is an original one: that it is so precise and intense a microcosm of Russia's past as to outdo Russia itself in Russianness. This book is allusive and elegant, and deeply stimulating.
Jim lives in a small cramped apartment where Gaston used to come visit him to talk about poetry and Italy.
Gaston talks very vividly and poetically, and Jim imagines that he might have been a poet if he didn't waste so much creativity talking to other people.
I was once told: "To get an Englishman to understand the significance of Russia for the Poles, you have to conjure up a vision of Cossacks raping the Princess of Wales in the grounds of Buckingham Palace." But this particular Pole, Mariusz Wilk, is drawn to the Great Bear which for so long rampaged through Poland's forests.
Although he admires Gaston, Jim knows that he cannot be a scholar because he loves the people and places of his past so much. Analysis: With Gaston Cleric, Jim has the second close relationship of his life.If you, like us, use Instagram mostly as an excuse to scroll through cat pics on the daily, get ready to fall in love with Yana, a two-faced cat.According to Bored Panda, this two-faced kitty lives with her owner Elizabeth, an architect and design student from Orsha, Belarus, who studies at the National Technical University in Minsk. Jim stays in Lincoln during the summer studying Greek, and he spends a lot of time socializing with Gaston, who helps effect his mental awakening.During that time, the University is still very new, and it is full of earnest young men from the farms and enthusiastic, young instructors.