This week I read four more chapters of The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov. This week’s chapters were a little more graphic than past chapters and were honestly a little harder to read because of the things Kourdakov described. In this essay I am going to talk about how Kourdakov uses contrasts to strengthen his narrative.
In one chapter Kourdakov and his team were sent to break up a meeting of Believers who were planning to baptize new members. The baptism was meant to happen in the late afternoon, but Kourdakov and his men were already at the location in the early morning. They decided to turn the day into a picnic. They brought sandwiches and vodka, as well as their guitars so they could sing songs and such. Kourdakov described how it was a nice day, perfect for a picnic. One page later and there are bloody and graphic descriptions of what he did to the Believers.
He does this in another chapter where he gets invited to a banquet with other cadets from his naval academy and high ranking officials. All of the officials get their own private rooms with fancier food and drinks. While wandering, Kourdakov gets invited into one of these private rooms, which led to him seeing the not so pretty side of Communism. All of the officials were black out drunk. Most, if not all of them, were passed out. Orlov, the man who invited Kourdakov in, started to bash Communism and the government in his drunken state. No one was there to stop him because everyone was drunk. This appalled Kourdakov and he ran out. To him, Communism was his religion, his only belief since childhood. To hear these high ranking officials bash his religion, the one they are supposed to support, was world shattering for him. In this chapter we really saw how deeply Kourdakov believed in Communism and how much he believed in it.
Kourdakov is a very gifted writer. The way he words his sentences and uses contrasts to describe situations is very unique and addictive. I may not like certain things that he does and describes, but I am enjoying the book and cannot wait to continue next week.