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  1. The important thing is that everything pathological and manic in Mamleev is inextricably linked with the transcendent — with some invisible absolute that permeates life, relative to which all other reality is largely unreal-and even more important, that the characters of Shatunov cannot come into contact with this absolute except through this pathological and manic.

    This contact occurs due to the realization of the pathological outside: that is, it is not enough to be fucked all over your head, the study should take place at your own or — more often-at someone else's expense. Very characteristic is the scene at the very beginning of the novel, where Fedor, in order to talk to a passerby, needs to kill him first. No way without it. Besides, all the others, non-maniacal, non-metaphysical, and non-investigating — are, in general, not people. You can use them.

    However, this still does not work out: instead of the transcendent, the characters of the novel receive only a temporary calm of their individual tides, followed by a rollback to their original state. The lines of two characters who have theoretically achieved something-Kuro the corpse and Petenka, who feeds on his own skin-are not verifiable due to the lack of narration on their behalf, and the line of Fedor, as the most active seeker, is interrupted.

    This is a big deal. The small important thing is that none of this is surprising for some reason: the most otherworldly characters in the whole novel are ordinary human cops who appear at the very end.

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