Self Obsession : The Era Of The Soviet Era Essay

1782 Words Jan 27th, 2015 8 Pages
During the era of Soviet Russia, there was a lot of suffering under the rule of harsh dictators. These dictators (Lenin, and later Stalin) desired a Communist State, in which every citizen cared about and worked for the good of the State. However, the literature of the time (specifically “Salt” and Everything Flows) indicates that the opposite was occurring in many cases (Babel, Grossman). Self-obsession is a major element of the Russian identity of the Soviet era, creating an interesting paradox to the idea of Communism. Self-obsession was prevalent in the era of the Soviet Union, but what does self-obsession really mean? Self-obsession is thinking only of oneself, even when others are struggling. Self-obsession is relating everything one sees in life back to how it impacts their person. If a person cares about oneself, and works to make oneself better, that is not self-obsession. In this context, I mean self-obsession as in only doing things will make me better, only thinking about how things affect me, and how I wish my life could be so much better. This is taking narcissism to the next level. This is how I see literature portrays Russians of this time. The short story “Salt” by Isaak Babel is a fictional letter sent from Nikita Balmashev to the editor of some magazine or newspaper, in which Balmashev complains about women’s lack of political knowledge (Babel). However, the whole letter is really a testament to the self-obsession of Balmashev. Though he claims that it…

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