|Snail on the Slope, the (1966) [Novel]|
by Boris Strugatsky Arkady Strugatsky
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In the novel The Snail on the Slope
there exist two worlds, two different societies, each one living by their own rules. The main characters through whose eyes we see the Control, the Village and the City, are in uncertain relationship with society and the authority.
Kandid and Pepper are scientists, people of the mind, they do not accept violence and pursuits. They are both "sickened by the melancholy for understanding" and until the end they will seek the truth - but each one in different way.
Pepper, who just recently was dreaming about freedom and happiness for everyone, upon getting the authority, is afraid to resist the state.
Kandid, who is stronger and happier than Pepper, manages to understand the reality and defy it. After encountering with horrors of the forest and the Control, and despite the obvious weakness, decides not to surrender under any circumstances, he promises to be the little stone that stops "the millstone of progress" and becomes a winner - the snail on the slope.
Original title: Улитка на склоне [Ulitka na sklone]
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Political→ Dystopia/Utopia
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Social Criticism
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Anthropology/sociology