Raul and Raul
Interesting format; it compelled me to keep reading, although I am not sure that I understood it entirely. I am curious about what influenced the author. As I started reading, I thought it was going to be a story about parenthood and family relations. I like the lapidary and yet powerful statements about the protagonists’ feelings – “he would have to live according not to his own choices but those of others,” and the simple “pressure” to describe how parents feel towards children.
But throughout the story, I also had the impression that Raul was somehow representing the Mongolian people (in the move from “I” to “We”), or perhaps peoples in general. I would be curious to know what others have thought of the “nobody” substituting “national” during his years at the university, and then again “In the name of the State” becomes “in the name of Nobody”.
And was he really a raper, or is it a (rather extreme) way to introduce a discussion about morality and what is good – and who decides?