Panic in a Suitcase Symbols & Objects

Yelena Akhtiorskaya
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Suitcase

A suitcase is seen under Robert’s seat in a dream he has about being adrift in a canoe. The suitcase turns to dust when he tries to touch it, causing him to panic. The suitcase is symbolic of two things in the novel. The first is an omen that Pasha will not be moving to New York after all – the disintegration of the dream that the entire family will have immigrated to the United States. Secondly, the suitcase is symbolic of human existence – of aspirations and dreams in general, as well as the fears, humiliations, losses, and panic (emotional luggage) that people carry with them through their lives no matter where they are.

Ancestral Belt

"Ancestral Belt" is a collection of poetry written and published by Pasha. It his first book. It is an extraordinarily well-received work in Russian literary circles, and beyond, and cements...

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