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Ivan Shamyakin: As a physicist, she feared for the fate of mankind

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Russian writers on war

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Ivan Shamyakin
From Snowtime
Translated by Olga Shartse

“You’re an idealist, Dad,” she scoffed. “You’d like all scientific discoveries to be used for improving man.”

“And society.”

“That’s even more idealistic. Hiroshima did not bring people closer together, on the contrary it divided them even more definitely into hostile camps. So much for a great discovery!”

“That’s not true, Lada,” her mother protested hotly. It did bring people closer together. All good people, I mean.”

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Lada herself did not know the meaning of fear. She was not afraid of anything. She was a free person. No, she also had a lurking fear which she usually made fun of and only sometimes treated seriously – she feared for the fate of mankind, having too clear an idea, as a physicist, about the destructive power of nuclear weapons.

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