History Literature / MondayBeginsOnSaturday

19th Apr '17 6:58:10 AM Koveras
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* DashingHispanic: Cristobal Junta is an older variation of this trope. He was born in Spain centuries ago, and is nowadays mostly a level-headed DeadpanSnarker... unless someone (usually Fyodor Simeonovich) really ticks him off with disrespectful comments, in which case he challenges the offender to a duel. His duels are rumored to involved a lot of acrobatics and {{Flynning}}, but usually end with both parties enjoying a rare beverage from Junta's personal collection.

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* DashingHispanic: Cristobal Junta is an older variation of this trope. He was born in Spain centuries ago, and is nowadays mostly a level-headed DeadpanSnarker... unless someone (usually Fyodor Simeonovich) really ticks him off with disrespectful comments, in which case he challenges the offender to a duel. His duels are rumored to involved involve a lot of acrobatics and {{Flynning}}, but usually end with both parties enjoying a rare beverage from Junta's personal collection.
19th Apr '17 6:57:21 AM Koveras
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%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: director Nevstruev.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: Cristobal Junta and Fyodor Simeonovich Kivrin

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%%* * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: director Nevstruev.
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Director Nevstruev and Fyodor Simeonovich are particularly well-meaning and supportive of younger scientists' crazier endeavors among their superiors.
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RedOniBlueOni: Cristobal Junta and Fyodor Simeonovich KivrinKivrin. Kivrin is the Red Oni: a [[BigFun large, loud, and enthusiastic man]] always surrounded by the scent of fresh apples and good mood; Junta, meanwhile, is the Blue: TallDarkAndSnarky, with an aura of cool efficiency the scent of expensive cologne around him.



* UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov is a regular programmer who had no idea that magic even existed until coming to Solovets, but adjusts relatively quickly, and is able to cope with the weirdness well enough to be entrusted with night shifts at the institute in part two of the book.

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* UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov is a regular programmer who had no idea that magic even existed until coming to Solovets, but adjusts relatively quickly, and is able to cope with the weirdness well enough to be entrusted with night shifts duty at the institute in part two of the book.
18th Apr '17 7:40:54 AM Koveras
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* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FamedInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.

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* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FamedInUniverse FamedInStory for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.
18th Apr '17 7:39:43 AM Koveras
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%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Alfred
%%* OurDemonsAreDifferent: "Maxwell's macrodemons" Enter and Exit
%%* OurHomunculiAreDifferent: Vybegallo's "cadavers"

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%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Alfred
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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: A pair of "Maxwell's macrodemons" named Enter and Exit
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Exit stand guard over the door to the director's office during the off-hours. A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon Maxwell's demon]] is a thought experiment in theoretical physics, an entity that would break the second law of thermodynamics by letting fast particle cross a certain threshold while bumping back the slow ones. [=NIIChaVo=] seems to have re-purposed human-sized versions of this demon into bouncers.
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OurHomunculiAreDifferent: Vybegallo's "cadavers"creates artificial humanoids, dubbed "cadavers" by everyone but him, to test the effects of consumerism on a human happiness. The first one is utterly incapable of satisfying its needs and quite naturally dies within minutes of being activated; the second is capable of satisfying only its bodily needs and suffers from HorrorHunger until [[spoiler:it literally bursts into pieces from overeating]]; and the third one [[spoiler:turns out to be a PhysicalGod that grabs everything of value it can reach, then attempts to break reality, but is killed by Oyra-Oyra]].



%%* UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov.

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%%* * UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov.Privalov is a regular programmer who had no idea that magic even existed until coming to Solovets, but adjusts relatively quickly, and is able to cope with the weirdness well enough to be entrusted with night shifts at the institute in part two of the book.
18th Apr '17 7:23:52 AM Koveras
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo[=/=]TakeThat: Vybegallo is modeled after Trofim Lysenko, the infamous Soviet politico and quack agriculturist/geneticist.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo[=/=]TakeThat: LawyerFriendlyCameo:
** Mixed with TakeThat:
Vybegallo is modeled after Trofim Lysenko, the infamous Soviet politico and quack agriculturist/geneticist.agriculturist/geneticist.
** Janus Nevstruev was based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Aleksandrovich_Mikhailov Alexander Mikhailov]], then-director of Pulkovo Observatory, where Arkady Strugatsky used to work; Fyodor Kivrin, on Creator/IvanYefremov; and Roman Oyra-Oyra, on the Soviet mathematician [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Novikov_(mathematician) Sergei Novikov]].
18th Apr '17 7:10:53 AM Koveras
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* ClingyMacGuffin: A "non-changeable dime" that returns to its owner every time it's spent. Until it's confiscated by policemen as an instrument of petty fraud. Or not so petty: one policeman mentions that there were crooks who collected sums to buy a car (a big deal in the USSR) by repeatedly spending the magical coin and collecting spare change.
** This item is based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales, except in the fairy tales it was usually a silver ruble, not a small copper piece.

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* ClingyMacGuffin: A "non-changeable dime" that returns to its owner every time it's spent. Until it's confiscated by policemen as an instrument of petty fraud. Or not so petty: one policeman mentions that there were crooks who collected sums to buy a car (a big deal in the USSR) by repeatedly spending the magical coin and collecting spare change.
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change. This item is based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales, except in the fairy tales it was usually a silver ruble, not a small copper piece.



* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FameInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.

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* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FameInUniverse FamedInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.



* PublicDomainCharacter: Merlin. Strangely, he's not the one with the MerlinSickness.
** It's worth mentioning that Merlin's personality is based on Merlin from ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', not on [[KingArthur Arthurian Legends]] Merlin.

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Merlin. Strangely, he's not the one with the MerlinSickness.
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MerlinSickness. It's worth mentioning that Merlin's personality is based on Merlin from ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', not on [[KingArthur Arthurian Legends]] Merlin.



%%* ThoseTwoGuys: A.Pronitsatelniy and B.Pitomnik.
%%* TokenGirl: Stella

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%%* * ThoseTwoGuys: A.A. Pronitsatelniy and B.Pitomnik.
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B. Pitomnik are Vybegallo's pet {{Tagalong Reporter}}s who appear several times through the book but don't do much except writing down and publishing his pseudo-scientific lingo. A fan theory suggests the two of them to be {{Author Avatar}}s (based on their initials).
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TokenGirl: StellaStella is pretty much the only notable female scientist in the book (although not the only female character, there is also the [=IzNaKurNozh=] groundskeeper Naina Kievna).
18th Apr '17 5:08:33 AM Koveras
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* DashingHispanic: Cristobal Junta is an older variation of this trope. He was born in Spain centuries ago, and is nowadays mostly a level-headed DeadpanSnarker... unless someone (usually Fyodor Simeonovich) really ticks him off with disrespectful comments, in which case he challenges the offender to a duel. His duels are rumored to involved a lot of acrobatics and {{Flynning}}, but usually end with both parties enjoying a rare beverage from Junta's personal collection.



* IWantMyJetpack: parodied with Privalov's travel into future narratively imagined possibilities.

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* IWantMyJetpack: parodied Parodied with Privalov's travel into future narratively imagined possibilities.



%%* MerlinSickness: Janos Nevstruev

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%%* * MerlinSickness: At the end of the third chapter, the young scientists figure out that [[spoiler:the institute director Janos NevstruevNevstruev, specifically his U-Janus version, is a "contramote", i.e. lives backwards in time. It turns out that A-Janus is the original, who, at some point in his future, will have subjected himself to an experiment that made him jump 48 hours back into the past every midnight. This created the U-Janus, who remembers the future, having lived through it already, but not the past, which is his subjective future]].



%%* NaiveNewcomer: Sasha Privalov
%%* NiceGuy: Edik Amperyan
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Modest Kamnoedov

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%%* * NaiveNewcomer: Sasha Privalov
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Privalov transfers to [=NIIChaVo=] at the end of the first chapter, having only learned of its existence half-way through said chapter. As such, he is very new to the weirdness of the institute and has trouble adjusting to its stranger aspects.
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NiceGuy: Edik Amperyan
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Amperyan's main character trait in the book is his excessive politeness -- and [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Privalov even calls the authors out]] on turning Edik into a FlatCharacter in the appendix.
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ObstructiveBureaucrat: Modest KamnoedovKamnoedov is the supply and maintenance manager and chief bursar of the institute, so it is his job to make sure the scientists don't waste too much money on crazy experiments. That said, he is a very tame example compared to the bureaucrats with whom Privalov and Co. butt heads in ''Literature/TaleOfTheTroika''.
18th Apr '17 4:52:50 AM Koveras
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%%* CoolOldGuy: Cristobal Junta and Fyodor Simeonovich.
%%* DesignatedLoveInterest: Stella.

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%%* * CoolOldGuy: Both Cristobal Junta and Fyodor Simeonovich.
%%* DesignatedLoveInterest: Stella.
Simeonovich Kivrin are department heads at [=NIIChaVo=], who are well-respected by everyone at the institute and, in addition to being powerful wizards and capable administrators, often act as encouraging mentors to younger scientists . Both of them are also at least several centuries old: Junta was a member of UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition, while Kivrin was active at least as far back as [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia the first Romanovs' reign]].



%%* JerkAss: Vybegallo.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Viktor Korneev

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%%* * JerkAss: Vybegallo.
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Vybegallo doesn't care about traumatizing his employees, especially Stella, with his weird (to put it mildly) experiments, and is not above browbeating people with pseudo-scientific terminology to get what he wants.
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JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Viktor KorneevKorneev has very little manners but will never actually do anything hurtful to anyone. For example, when he cannot legally borrow a device from a museum, he resorts to stealing it at nights--but does his best to return it in the morning before anyone gets in trouble for the theft.



%%* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta, ''in-universe''.

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%%* * MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta, ''in-universe''.Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FameInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.
18th Apr '17 12:49:40 AM Koveras
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* PhysicalGod: The institute has a legit one on staff, albeit a deconstructed variation: Sabaoth Bhaal[[{{Patronymic}} ovich]] Odin (not a MeaningfulName at all) is the only human in history to have ever solved the Omnipotence Formula and achieved just that. However, one of the constraints applied by the formula is that by using it, the wizard may not harm any living being, and after Odin couldn't think of any such application, he has forsworn magic altogether and filed for transfer into the tech and hardware department. He is still carrier an enormous magical power, however, and Privalov observes that clocks actually go ''faster'' in his presence.
7th Apr '17 12:44:48 AM Xtifr
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'''''Monday Begins on Saturday''''' (Russian: "Понедельник начинается в субботу") is a 1964 novel, one of the most beloved works by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. [[ScienceFantasy A mix of fantasy and science-fiction]], it tells the stories of [[ExtranormalInstitute a Soviet research institute dedicated to studying magic and the supernatural]], the dedicated scientists who work there, and the wide variety of [[FantasyKitchenSink monsters, ghosts, and other critters]] that they study and work with. Adapted into a two-part Christmas special back in the early 80s. It's a fun movie in its own right, but it has very little to do with the novel it's supposedly based on (which annoyed the Brothers quite a bit at the time).

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'''''Monday ''Monday Begins on Saturday''''' Saturday'' (Russian: "Понедельник начинается в субботу") is a 1964 novel, one of the most beloved works by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. [[ScienceFantasy A mix of fantasy and science-fiction]], it tells the stories of [[ExtranormalInstitute a Soviet research institute dedicated to studying magic and the supernatural]], the dedicated scientists who work there, and the wide variety of [[FantasyKitchenSink monsters, ghosts, and other critters]] that they study and work with. Adapted into a two-part Christmas special back in the early 80s. It's a fun movie in its own right, but it has very little to do with the novel it's supposedly based on (which annoyed the Brothers quite a bit at the time).
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