Eugene Yelchin's Breaking Stalin's Nose PDF

By Eugene Yelchin

One among Horn Book's most sensible Fiction Books of 2011

Sasha Zaichik has identified the legislation of the Soviet younger Pioneers because the age of six:

The younger Pioneer is dedicated to Comrade Stalin, the Communist social gathering, and Communism.

A younger Pioneer is a competent comrade and continuously acts in response to conscience.

A younger Pioneer has a correct to criticize shortcomings.

But now that it truly is ultimately time to affix the younger Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for therefore lengthy, every little thing turns out to move awry. He breaks a classmate's glasses with a snowball. He by chance damages a bust of Stalin within the university hallway. And worst of all, his father, the easiest Communist he understands, was once arrested simply final night.

This relocating tale of a ten-year-old boy's global shattering is masterful in its simplicity, strong in its message, and heartbreaking in its plausibility.

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1 3 . Ma perché Paolo era inquieto a proposito di Tito? (Osserviamo, fra paren­ tesi, che Tito è chiamato «fratello» come già Timoteo in 1 , 1 ). Un' ipotesi possibile è che Paolo fosse inquieto per timore che Tito portasse con sé molto denaro: la parte già raccolta a Corinto della colletta per i poveri della Giudea. I briganti non erano rari a quei tempi . Ma è più probabi­ le, come vedremo, che la preoccupazione di Paolo si riferisse all ' esito della visita di Tito alla comunità: come era stato accolto (essendo amico e collaboratore di Paolo) e che atteggiamento avevano adesso i corinzi verso il loro apostolo.

3-7) porta Paolo a citare una concreta esperien­ za, la prova che lo ha colpito in Asia: «siamo stati molto provati, al di là delle nostre forze, tanto da farci dispera­ re perfino della vita» (v. 8). Non sappiamo a che cosa allude Paolo: forse al tentativo di linci aggio subito a Efeso (Atti 19,23-4 1 ) , dopo il quale dovette andarsene (Atti 20, 1 ) senza neppure poter ripassare da quella città per salutare i suoi collaboratori (Atti 20, 17)? Oppure all' o­ scuro episodio menzionato in I Corinzi 1 5 ,32 («Se soltan­ to per fini umani ho lottato con le belve a Efeso .

Senza dubbio, l ' ipotesi più probabile è quella che abbiamo chiamato «pessimistica». Quarant' anni dopo, la comunità cristiana di Roma, scrivendo ai corinzi per mano di Clemente Romano, fa loro questo rimprovero: « È turpe, carissimi, e indegno della vita in Cristo, sentire che la chiesa di Corinto, molto salda e antica, per una o due persone si è ribellata ai presbiteri» (l di Clemente ai cori n34 ti, 47,6). Si ripeteva, dopo quarant' anni, quel che era accaduto con Paolo? QUAL È IL VOLTO DELLA COMUNITÀ DI CORINTO CHE SI RIFLETTE NELLA SECONDA EPISTOLA?

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