Vasily (Pavlovich) Aksenov A. Gaev - Essay

A. Gaev

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["A Ticket to the Stars"] portrayed a group of seventeen-year olds who had just left secondary school. Their disillusionment with life around them begins within their families. They reject the ideals by which their parents live, although the latter are irreproachable Soviet citizens. As the story proceeds, the scope of their protest becomes greater: the youngsters are unwilling to come to terms with the social standards which are prescribed in a Communist society. These "disturbers of the peace" reinforce their words with deeds: they leave home, refuse to conform to any regulations and stop at nothing to reach their goals. Their revolt derives not from childish enthusiasm but from the power of their organic strivings for independence. (p. 38)

The most colorful member of the group is Dimka who has no desire to be "a kid carrying out someone else's decisions." It is very significant that Dimka's elder brother, a young scientist, practically shares his younger brother's aspirations, or at any rate takes a favorable view of them. These youngsters do have their faults: the illogicality of their behavior, their sometimes unconsidered actions and the fact that among themselves they use outlandish slang. However, it is clear from the novel that the latter is not due to their attraction to the under-world but is merely an expression of their rejection of all strict canons. In the end they use their modest savings to leave Moscow and go as far west as...

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