What are the major conflicts in Gorky Park?

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Gorky Park is at one level a story about the conflict between ideals and practices. On one level, the USSR in the novel is supposed to be completely communist, it is, of course, not entirely so as people still crave materialistic goods. Arkady Renko is not that way, however, and it is his integrety, Smith seems to be saying, that keeps him alive, that seperates him from the evils of the ussr.

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