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Martian School. Reading Ray Bradbury in Russia

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-           Exactly.   Stendhal said that he punished those people for militant ignorance; they did not even bother to read     Poe's stories, otherwise they would have figured things out.    Don't we have   such   things happening here?

We sat silent for a while. Yes, we had such things   happening. We were kids but we knew. We knew about books prohibited and even burned. We knew about opinions tramping the essence. We knew about branches of science proclaimed   "decadent and useless'. We knew about people destroyed. And all those commissions, we knew about them too.

-           Starting from some point Mars and Earth seem intertwined. There is a story about Negroes all leaving for Mars. They bought rockets and left. It was a Rocket Summer. They    all went to the cosmodrom, the space launching center and went away. There's only one   caveat there I didn't understand:   a small Negro boy yelled to the white guy, " What will you now do   at night?'

-           At night?

-           - Yes, there was something   about people going out at night with guns   but I didn't understand how could everyone   know about it;   a person is a merchant during the day and   does mayhem at night..

-           We don't have that here.   Sometimes they arrest people at night here though. But there it is not a police doing   it but citizens themselves?   That's a pogrom.

-           Pogrom?

-           That happened   here before when there were Jewish pogroms. Christians fanatics   would come in crowds to the Jewish   places and kill people predominantly at nights. Nobody would be punished. Not only Jews, other people suffered too and many of them went away. In the US it seems   those black folks suffered from pogroms.    So there was nothing more to do   at nights, huh?

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-I guess so,   only   in the   Bradbury' chronicles   people soon returned back to Earth when Nuclear War started.

-           They returned?   They left the safety of Mars and returned?

-           Yes, and that is really strange,   Nuclear war would mean   total annihilation, why would you return back   to perish?But they all returned to die.

-           The war with whom?   With us?

-           I guess that's the idea but   it is just shown as a Global War.   They all returned and   nothing could stop it. Mars rejected them.

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- No, that's not that simple.   You said Mars transformed them.   They took something from it. Original Martians most likely   could   leave Mars for good but they   didn't . People   from Mars   still considered Earth to be their place.   They could not abandon it. So they went back. You know, in the Big War    here there were a lot of volunteers. A lot. People who were aged, who would have   never   been drafted- they still insisted on   going to war because   they felt a call. That call- that is what   people from Mars felt when they saw Earth burning.   But to hear   that call they had to embed something Martian as you said.

-           Right, I think you figured it out. At the end a family comes back to Mars from Earth in their own rocket   to   get away from war and they see the Martians   in the water. They had become ones.

  -    Nice book. And all of that in Ukrainian?

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