History Literature / TheDoomedCity

24th May '17 11:49:06 AM SorPepita
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Set in a city where mysterious Mentors run a sociological Experiment. The City is filled with volunteers from various places and times, yet all can effortlessly communicate with each other. Apparently, the experiment runs out of control, the City is shaken by a social unrest and an egalitarian system of job assignments is replaced by a dictatorship. The leader of the new regime sends the main character to explore the bordering desert that limits their expansion. He is told to search for another city that the leader sees as a threat, despite having no evidence it exists. The expedition proves difficult in the extreme. One by one, the members turn back or perish. Only the hero and his friend remain. They pass the Crystal Palace, a briefly mentioned place that contains everything man desires, but still proceed, pondering their strange world and the meaning of human existence.

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Set in a city where mysterious Mentors run a sociological Experiment. The City is filled with volunteers from various places and times, yet all can effortlessly communicate with each other. Apparently, the experiment runs out of control, the City is shaken by a social unrest and an egalitarian system of job assignments is replaced by a dictatorship. The leader of the new regime sends the main character to explore the bordering desert that limits their expansion. He is told to search for another city that the leader sees as a threat, despite having no evidence it exists. The expedition proves difficult in the extreme. One by one, the members turn back or perish. Only the hero Andrei and his friend remain. They pass the Crystal Palace, a briefly mentioned place that contains everything man desires, but still proceed, pondering their strange world and the meaning of human existence.
24th May '17 11:43:13 AM SorPepita
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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] We are only told that Andrei has passed the "First circle" but that "there are many of them ahead".]]

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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] We are only told told, via Andrei's Mentor, that Andrei he has passed the "First "first circle" but that "there are many of them ahead".]]
24th May '17 11:36:43 AM SorPepita
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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] We are only told that Andrei has pased the "First circle" but that "there are many of them ahead".]]

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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] We are only told that Andrei has pased passed the "First circle" but that "there are many of them ahead".]]
24th May '17 11:36:04 AM SorPepita
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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] ]]

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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] We are only told that Andrei has pased the "First circle" but that "there are many of them ahead".]]
24th May '17 11:33:41 AM SorPepita
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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays chess using humans as pieces with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]

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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays chess using (using humans as pieces pieces) with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]
24th May '17 11:31:37 AM SorPepita
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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays chess with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]

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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays chess using humans as pieces with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]
24th May '17 11:28:07 AM SorPepita
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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays against/with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]

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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays against/with chess with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]
24th May '17 11:25:59 AM SorPepita
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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is.

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* GeniusLoci: The Red Building seems to possess something of the sort, although it's not really explained just what it actually is. [[spoiler:Andrei, who is a communist, plays against/with someone who is heavily implied to be Stalin.]]
24th May '17 11:21:32 AM SorPepita
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* DrivenToSuicide: Donald Cooper

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* DrivenToSuicide: Donald CooperCooper.



* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler: Andrei's back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] ]]

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* GainaxEnding: In the end, [[spoiler: Andrei's [[spoiler:after getting shot, Andrei is back in our world's actual reality in Leningrad, in his mother's apartment, shortly before dinner - and apparently he wasn't gone at all, to her.]] That means that [[spoiler: it was either a dream or hallucination during the span of a few minutes, OR an instantaneous trip to a parallel universe OR an example of time travel, having been sent back by the Advisors after the experiment, OR he's still ''in'' the experiment and "actual reality" is only a hallucination, OR... [[{{MindScrew}} seriously, what is going on?]] ]]
6th Mar '16 12:44:46 AM Morgenthaler
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''Literature/TheDoomedCity'' (Russian: "Град обреченный") is one of the last novels written by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers.

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''Literature/TheDoomedCity'' ''The Doomed City'' (Russian: "Град обреченный") is one of the last novels written by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers.
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