By Jeff VanderMeer
En un futuro no determinado, el Área X es un lugar remoto y escondido declarado zona de desastre ambiental desde hace décadas. los angeles naturaleza salvaje ha conquistado el lugar y su acceso está prohibido. l. a. agencia estatal Southern achieve ha enviado diversas expediciones pero casi siempre han fracasado: todos los miembros de un a expedición se suicidaron; otros enloquecieron y acabaron matándose entre sí, y los integrantes de los angeles última expedición regresaron convertidos en sombras de lo que un día fueron. Ésta es l. a. expedición número doce. El grupo está compuesto por cuatro mujeres: una antropóloga, una topógrafa, una psicóloga y los angeles narradora, una bióloga. Su misión es cartografiar el terreno y recolectar muestras, anotar todas sus observaciones tanto de su entorno como de sus compañeras. Pronto descubren una gran anomalía geográfica y formas de vida más allá de todo entendimiento. Mientras se enfrentan a una naturaleza tan bella como claustrofóbica, el pasado y los secretos con los que cruzaron los angeles frontera se vuelven cada vez más amenazantes. Aniquilación es el primer volumen de l. a. Trilogía Southern succeed in, una serie que crea un mundo como nunca has imaginado y que nos enfrenta al extraño que se esconde dentro de nosotros mismos.
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We don’t have the right not to accept what you are giving from you, for you yourself say that your happiness lies in this. But what are we to do when our hearts ache continuously for your happiness. You also take everything from us” (5: 80). Dostoevsky further implies that a society based on such mutual self-giving would be the realization of the maxim “Love one another and all this will come to you as well” (5: 80) – a conflation of Christ’s words in John 13: 34 and Matthew 6: 33. The writer does not mention Christ directly and he does not adduce a specific example of genuine self-giving in the section of Winter Notes from which the above passage is taken.
The Reform of Peter the Great . . cost us too dearly; it separated us from the people [narod] . . But now the separation is coming to an end . . And now before entering this new life, reconciliation of the followers of Peter’s reforms with the popular base [s narodnym nachalom] has become essential . . Unification whatever it may cost, regardless of the sacrifice, and the sooner the better – this is our foremost idea, this is our motto. (18: 35–37) The need for rapprochement between the intelligentsia and the narod would remain a consistent motif of pochvennichestvo and a pervasive theme in Dostoevsky’s writing for the rest of his life.