Kolyma Tales Setting & Symbolism

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The Siberian Dwarf Cedar Tree, appears in A Pushover Job

The Siberian Dwarf Cedar Tree lays down when it senses the winter coming on. The prisoners pick its needles, which are used to make a vitamin extract.

Underwear, appears in The Night

Prisoners try to obtain extra underwear, which they can sell for food or tobacco.

Ether, appears in Shock Therapy

Ether is given in drops and inhaled form to patients. A large amount of it causes the patient to lose consciousness for 15 to 20 minutes.

Camphor Oil, appears in Shock Therapy

Camphor oil is given by injection and causes a form of shock therapy. The patient experiences a sudden seizure, like epilepsy.

The Bathhouse, appears in In the Bathhouse

The Bathhouse is normally a place to wash with soap and water and get clean. When the political prisoners use it, it becomes a form of torture.

The Cast-Iron Stove, appears in Carpenters

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