City of Thieves

Kolya Vlasov Character Analysis

An extremely handsome young soldier imprisoned after being accused of deserting his battalion after he snuck off in search of sex and failed to return before being noticed. He and Lev are sent by Colonel Grechko on an absurd journey to find eggs for Grechko’s daughter's upcoming wedding. Kolya approaches the world and the war as though he's living in someone else's absurd story and is afraid of nothing but embarrassment. Throughout the novel he's in the process of writing his own novel, titled The Courtyard Hound, although he invents an author for it and discusses it as though it's already an acclaimed, published novel so that he doesn't have to admit he's writing it. Kolya adores women and sex and takes it upon himself to educate Lev on how to woo a woman. Kolya dies, shot accidentally by Russians, and never gets to truly grow up as Lev does.

Kolya Vlasov Quotes in City of Thieves

The City of Thieves quotes below are all either spoken by Kolya Vlasov or refer to Kolya Vlasov. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

She wants a real wedding, a proper wedding. This is good, life must continue, we're fighting barbarians but we must remain human, Russian. So we will have music, dancing... a cake.

Page Number: 34
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Chapter 4 Quotes

The secret to winning a woman is calculated neglect.

Related Characters: Kolya Vlasov (speaker), Lev Beniov
Page Number: 40
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None of them got out. If you want to tell yourself something sweet to help you sleep, go ahead, but it's a lie.

Related Characters: Kolya Vlasov (speaker), Lev Beniov
Page Number: 41
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Everything about the war was ridiculous: The Germans' barbarity, the Party's propaganda, the crossfire of incendiary bullets that lit the nighttime sky. It all seemed to him like someone else's story, an amazingly detailed story that he had stumbled into and now could not escape.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 51
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I'm not bringing them out here. Everyone's starving and everyone's got a gun.

Related Characters: The Giant (speaker), Lev Beniov, Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 57
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Chapter 6 Quotes

You couldn't let too much truth seep into your conversation, you couldn't admit with your mouth what your eyes had seen. If you opened the door even a centimeter, you would smell the rot outside and hear the screams. You did not open the door. You kept your mind on the tasks of the day, the hunt for food and water and something to burn, and you saved the rest for the end of the war.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov, The Giant, The Giant's Wife
Page Number: 63
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Sonya was lovely and kind, but her pleasure was awful to listen to—I wanted to be the one who could transport a pretty girl away from the siege with my cock.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov, Sonya Ivanova
Page Number: 76
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Kolya stared into the distance, contemplating the lieutenant's words. He must have thought they were profound. To me they sounded manufactured, the kind of line my father always hated, fake dialogue invented by some Party-approved journalist for one of those "Heroes at the Front!" articles Truth for Young Pioneers always ran.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov, Abraham Beniov (Lev’s Father)
Page Number: 78
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Chapter 10 Quotes

I was cursed with the pessimism of both the Russians and the Jews, two of the gloomiest tribes in the world. Still, if there wasn't greatness in me, maybe I had the talent to recognize it in others, even the most irritating of others.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 98
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"Don't worry, my friend. I won't let you die."
I was seventeen and stupid and I believed him.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov (speaker)
Page Number: 99
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Chapter 15 Quotes

And there was the excellent possibility of death. I never understood people who said their greatest fear was public speaking, or spiders, or any of the other minor terrors. How could you fear anything more than death?

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 136
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This is all very strange, I thought. I am in the middle of a battle and I am aware of my own thoughts, I am worried about how stupid I look with a knife in my hand while everyone else came to fight with rifles and machine guns. I am aware that I am aware. Even now, with bullets buzzing through the air like angry hornets, I cannot escape the chatter of my brain.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 17 Quotes

Kolya considered himself a bit of a bohemian, a free thinker, but in his own way he was as much a true believer as any Young Pioneer. The worst part about it was that I didn't think he was wrong.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 161
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Kolya seemed fearless, but everyone has fear in them somewhere; fear is part of our inheritance... Cannibals and Nazis didn't make Kolya nervous, but the threat of embarrassment did—the possibility that a stranger might laugh at the lines he'd written.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 165
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Chapter 18 Quotes

At a distance it seemed beautiful, and I thought it was strange that powerful violence is often so pleasing to the eye, like tracer bullets at night.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov, Vika, Korsakov
Page Number: 170
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Chapter 22 Quotes

"We're pawns and he's a rook, that's what you're saying."
"We're less than pawns. Pawns have value."
"If we can take a rook, we have value, too."

Related Characters: Kolya Vlasov (speaker), Vika (speaker), Lev Beniov, Abendroth
Related Symbols: Chess
Page Number: 211
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Chapter 23 Quotes

I have never been much of a patriot. My father would not have allowed such a thing while he lived, and his death insured that his wish was carried out. Piter commanded far more affection and loyalty from me than the nation as a whole. But that night, running across the unplowed fields of winter wheat, with the Fascist invaders behind us and the dark Russian woods before us, I felt a surge of pure love for my country.

Page Number: 233
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Chapter 25 Quotes

Kolya had no faith in the divine or the afterlife; he didn't think he was going to a better place, or any place at all. No angels waited to collect him. He smiled because he knew how terrified I was of dying. This is what I believe. He knew I was terrified and he wanted to make it a little easier for me.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 251
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Chapter 26 Quotes

"Those words you want to say right now? Don't say them." He smiled and cuffed my cheek with something close to real affection. "And that, my friend, is the secret to living a long life."

Related Characters: Colonel Grechko (speaker), Lev Beniov, Kolya Vlasov
Page Number: 254
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Kolya Vlasov Character Timeline in City of Thieves

The timeline below shows where the character Kolya Vlasov appears in City of Thieves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...have a problem with Jews and offers Lev a piece of sausage, introducing himself as Kolya. They share why they've been imprisoned, and Kolya says that he was accused of desertion... (full context)
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Lev wonders if he and Kolya will be shot in the morning, and Kolya replies that they're not being kept just... (full context)
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After dawn, two guards rouse Lev and Kolya, laughing at Kolya's jokes. The guards lead Lev and Kolya outside to a waiting car,... (full context)
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The soldiers stop at the old family’s mansion and lead Lev and Kolya inside, where they see dozens of NKVD (Soviet secret police) officers hurrying about their business.... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya are pushed into a sunroom where a man sits at a desk on the phone,... (full context)
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...confirms that Lev's father was the poet. He commands an aide to bring Lev and Kolya breakfast, and then calls the two to step outside. An obviously well fed girl is... (full context)
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...ingredients except eggs, and he needs a pair of thieves to find these elusive eggs. Kolya is offended by being called a thief, but the colonel shuts him down. Turning back... (full context)
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As Lev and Kolya walk back across the bridge from Kamenny Island, Kolya insists that the colonel's daughter smiled... (full context)
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Lev thinks about the colonel's daughter skating naked, and Kolya seems aware of Lev's thoughts and teases him, saying "the secret to winning a woman... (full context)
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After a moment of silence, Kolya says that he was stationed at the fortress when the zoo was bombed. When Lev... (full context)
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...was once the heart of the city and a fine spot to watch pretty girls. Kolya cuts into Lev's thoughts, asking if he's a virgin. Lev asks Kolya why he cares,... (full context)
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Kolya points to a restaurant where he once took a girl, and begins to explain his... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya walk past young boys whitewashing over street signs and building numbers. Kolya accuses them of... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...on the Prospekt closed when the siege began, the Haymarket continued to thrive. Lev and Kolya walk through, taking in the stalls full of boots, pistols, grenades, and jars of dirt... (full context)
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Kolya stops at the stall of an old man selling what he claims is vodka, but... (full context)
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The man and Kolya face off, and Lev shares with the reader that danger made Kolya calm. He says... (full context)
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The man growls at Kolya and Lev to move on. Lev and Kolya continue through the market, asking for eggs.... (full context)
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...for eggs, and turns to see a huge bearded giant. Lev runs back to get Kolya, who hands Lev a bar of "library candy" he bought from the boy. They reach... (full context)
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Lev, Kolya, and the giant approach a five-story brick building. The giant unlocks the door and beckons... (full context)
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The giant says that "everyone's starving and everyone's got a gun," which Kolya teases him about. The giant gestures to the canal and says there's a man out... (full context)
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The giant leads Lev and Kolya up the stairs, and Lev quietly puts his knife in his pocket. The giant raps... (full context)
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...fight taking place upstairs. He tries to talk himself into going back upstairs to help Kolya, but is too afraid. Suddenly, Kolya shoots out of the apartment and yells again for... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Lev and Kolya, having decided to spend the night in Lev’s apartment at the Kirov, talk freely and... (full context)
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Lev apologizes for not going back to save Kolya, which Kolya laughs at, admitting that he was the "country fool" who insisted on going... (full context)
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Sirens begin and Kolya announces that Fritz (the German army) is coming. He and Lev walk faster and listen... (full context)
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When they resume their march, Kolya and Lev begin arguing over the evacuation of famous people from the city. Lev insists... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya turn onto Lev's street and suddenly Lev comes face to face with a pile of... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Kolya's friend, a young woman who must have been beautiful before the war, welcomes Kolya and... (full context)
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Sonya assures Lev that none of them are as bohemian as they think they are. Kolya says that Lev is from the Kirov, and Sonya offers her condolences, hugs Lev, and... (full context)
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...and one man, Pavel, insists that the Germans will soon take Moscow. As bickering ensues, Kolya asserts that the Germans won't take Moscow because they're currently being pushed slowly back, and... (full context)
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Lev notes that after Kolya's speech, the dynamic in the room has shifted to spotlight Kolya and Sonya, and he... (full context)
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...night, Lev sleeps in the sitting room, sharing blankets with the surgeons and nurses, while Kolya and Sonya disappear into the bedroom. Lev is put off by the sound of Sonya's... (full context)
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The following morning, Lev and Kolya are standing outside a building near the Narva Gate, where the boy in the Haymarket... (full context)
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Lev asks if the soldier stopped crying. Kolya says that wasn't the point. The point is that the Nazis want the Russians dead... (full context)
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Kolya tries to engage Lev in conversation, but Lev remains grumpy, telling Kolya to "go fuck... (full context)
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Before Kolya can move on to what makes a dream lover, he and Lev see two teenage... (full context)
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As Kolya says goodbye to the girls, they offer to give them some soup when they come... (full context)
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Kolya asks the boy if he needs water, but Lev sees that the boy is very... (full context)
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As Kolya tries to convince the boy to leave the coop, Lev notices that there's something moving... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Back at Sonya's apartment, she, Lev, and Kolya sit around the stove drinking tea. The chicken sits in a nesting box made from... (full context)
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...laments that the chicken won't lay 12 eggs by Thursday, let alone live until then. Kolya replies that she's a tough Leningrad chicken, and mentions that the Germans thought they'd celebrate... (full context)
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Out of nowhere, Kolya says that he hates Natasha Rostov, a character from War and Peace. Lev, half asleep,... (full context)
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...and saying that Death is afraid of Leningrad. When Lev snorts at the passionate speech, Kolya asks if Lev doesn't like Gerasimov, saying that he's at least staying in Piter. Sonya... (full context)
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...stops talking, thinking that he has revealed too much. Sonya looks worried for Lev but Kolya looks impressed, and states that Lev's father was Abraham Beniov. Lev doesn't deny this, and... (full context)
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Sonya, confused, says she isn't familiar with Lev's father and asks who he was. Kolya says that he was a great poet, and Lev corrects Kolya, saying his father always... (full context)
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The surgeon Timofei enters the apartment and joins Lev, Sonya, and Kolya at the stove. When he notices the chicken, Timofei pulls onions out of his pocket... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...had obtained a potato and traded some broth for vodka, and by midnight Sonya, Lev, Kolya, and Timofei are drunk and full. While Sonya and Kolya are occupied in the bedroom,... (full context)
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Before dawn, Kolya wakes Lev and hands him a cup of tea. Timofei is still out cold, snoring.... (full context)
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Kolya tells Lev to get his boots on, because they're going to Mga. There's enough authority... (full context)
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Lev feels like he hates Kolya, who he thinks probably still stinks of sex, and who is currently adjusting his hat... (full context)
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Kolya says they have to leave now if they want to make it with daylight left,... (full context)
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Lev follows Kolya to the front door, but before they leave, Lev insists they sit, since they're going... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Kolya walks on a rail of the train tracks like it's a balance beam, and Lev... (full context)
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Kolya adopts his joke-telling accent and begins to tell a joke about three boys trying to... (full context)
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Kolya asks if Lev knows why the town is called Mga. Lev suggests it's someone's initials,... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya see a group of dead bodies lying facedown in the snow, their boots and clothes... (full context)
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Around noon, Lev and Kolya reach the edge of Leningrad's defenses. A sergeant approaches them and asks for their papers.... (full context)
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The sergeant apologizes for stopping Kolya and Lev, and says that he knows all about their mission organizing the partisans (guerrilla... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Kolya and Lev march through the woods outside of Leningrad. It's German-controlled territory, but there's no... (full context)
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Kolya sees a scrap of paper and picks it up. It looks like a bank note,... (full context)
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After an hour, Kolya asks Lev if Jews believe in the afterlife. Lev explains that it depends on the... (full context)
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...of nowhere, but feels like he's happy to talk about his father and his work. Kolya asks what happens in Sheol, and Lev says that everyone goes there, good or bad,... (full context)
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Kolya says that last week he saw a soldier who had lost his eyelids to frostbite,... (full context)
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Both Lev and Kolya hear a howl. Kolya begins to follow the sound, and Lev follows Kolya through the... (full context)
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Kolya instructs Lev to follow him to the still-living dog, telling him to not get too... (full context)
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Kolya asks Lev for his knife and approaches the sheepdog, who has finally given up on... (full context)
Chapter 13
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The detour to the clearing ruined any chances Lev and Kolya had for making it to Mga by nightfall, and they walk fast to try to... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya are walking past Berezovka, a name Lev is familiar with because it was the location... (full context)
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As they walk around the edge of the village, Kolya says the Germans are fools, since the best fighters in history gave their enemies a... (full context)
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Lev changes the subject to the disappearing light, and Kolya says they can build a dugout. Lev thinks he can't keep up much longer, and... (full context)
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Suddenly Kolya puts his hand on Lev's chest and gestures to a Russian soldier standing with his... (full context)
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East of Berezovka, Lev and Kolya spot a farmhouse with lit windows and smoke coming out of the chimney. They bicker... (full context)
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Kolya catches up to Lev and says they don't have to be stupid about it. He... (full context)
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Kolya knocks on the door and one of the girls appears in the window. She tells... (full context)
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A blond girl looks angry, and asks Kolya where the Red Army has been and why they didn't protect her family when the... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya soon make peace with the girls. The girls haven't spoken to anyone but Germans in... (full context)
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The girls give Lev and Kolya tea, bread, and baked potatoes with butter. Kolya asks if the soldiers ever bring eggs,... (full context)
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Lara asks if Lev and Kolya are organizing partisans, and Kolya offers a swaggering non-answer that doesn't impress the girls. Kolya... (full context)
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Kolya asks how many officers come. Olesya, a girl who doesn't speak, takes plates out of... (full context)
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After a few minutes of silence, Kolya confirms with the girls that the German soldiers come at midnight. Lev thinks he won't... (full context)
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Lara leads Lev and Kolya to a bedroom in the back of the house. She and Kolya come up with... (full context)
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Lev suggests they leave, and says he can't stop thinking about Zoya. Kolya instructs him to think of her when he stabs Abendroth, but Lev says he doesn't... (full context)
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Kolya says to forget about the bricks and again brings up his supposed “Gypsy” blood, saying... (full context)
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...soon comes back to him stronger than ever. He tells the reader he fears shame, Kolya dying, and pain like Zoya suffered, but mostly death. He continues that he never understood... (full context)
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Kolya leans down from the top bunk at Lev, looking concerned, and Lev muses that Kolya... (full context)
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Lev asks about how talking to Galina fits in with calculated neglect, and Kolya explains the difference between ignoring a woman and enticing her with mystery. (full context)
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Lev and Kolya's conversation is interrupted by two clangs of a spoon against a pot as the Nazis... (full context)
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Kolya and Lev are startled by unexpected rifle shots and the sound of panicked German shouting.... (full context)
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As Kolya is about to open the door, Lev notes that it's quiet outside. Kolya opens the... (full context)
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The voice outside asks what weapons Lev and Kolya have and instructs them to step outside. Nina, who crept into the hallway during the... (full context)
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...can switch off their thoughts, but cowards and insomniacs must deal with incessant brain babble. Kolya doesn't seem to be thinking at all. A voice from behind a hay bale instructs... (full context)
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Korsakov asks why Lev and Kolya are here, and Lara explains that they were going to kill the Germans. Korsakov tells... (full context)
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Korsakov tells Lev to not look shocked, as the woman, Vika, is their best shot. Kolya begins a conversation with Vika about female snipers and Vika's German rifle. After a minute,... (full context)
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Korsakov and Kolya enter the great room, friends now. Kolya sits down next to Lev and says that... (full context)
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On Korsakov's orders, Lev, Kolya and the partisans walk single file in the snow, nine paces between each person. Lev,... (full context)
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Lev realizes he's been falling asleep when Kolya suddenly appears beside him. Kolya says he'll walk with Lev to keep him awake, saying... (full context)
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...they're marching to the house on the lake to steal eggs from the Einsatzgruppe, but Kolya amends that to add that they're going to kill the Einsatz because they need to... (full context)
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Kolya brings up a scene from The Courtyard Hound, making the joke again that Lev hasn't... (full context)
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Lev asks what Kolya was doing that night if he wasn't defending his thesis on The Courtyard Hound, but... (full context)
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Lev thinks about the revelation that Kolya is writing The Courtyard Hound, and finds he's not angry. He thinks that Kolya fears... (full context)
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Lev feels more awake after his conversation with Kolya. He wonders how the light of the stars works compared to flashlights, and why the... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Dawn draws closer, and Lev, Kolya, and the partisans head for a safe house near the lake. As they walk they... (full context)
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...warm enough, Lev lies down and falls asleep nearly immediately, but is soon woken by Kolya asking if Lev is mad at him, and apologizing for lying to Lev. Lev asks... (full context)
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Kolya asks Lev if he wants to know the truth about why Kolya left his battalion.... (full context)
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By the time Kolya had finished, he'd missed his ride back to the battalion by hours, but figured getting... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya are silent for a moment and Lev asks Kolya why it's dark at night. Kolya... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...the partisan standing guard wakes the group and says that the Nazis are coming. Lev, Kolya, and the partisans run from the cabin as they hear German voices shouting. Lev thinks... (full context)
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...up the hill, where three people are jogging towards him. They turn out to be Kolya, Vika, and a partisan called Markov. Lev is paralyzed by fear and can't call or... (full context)
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Kolya tries to pull Lev up to keep going, but Germans are already coming over the... (full context)
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...attention to the far side of the group. In the confusion, Markov, Vika, Lev, and Kolya walk out and join the prisoners, who seem unsurprised and defeated. (full context)
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...boots likely confiscated by the Germans. The Germans seem relatively calm about the explosion, and Kolya translates that they think it was a land mine. The Germans signal to continue, but... (full context)
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...in front, serving as minesweepers. Nobody walks next to the man who accused Markov. Lev, Kolya, and Vika walk together, talking quietly. Kolya glares at the prisoner and discusses killing him,... (full context)
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...Russians, some of whom make up articles. The literate prisoners try to read impressively, and Kolya rolls his eyes and suggests reciting 60 stanzas of a famous poem. Vika grabs Lev's... (full context)
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Kolya and the Nazi banter for a moment, and then Kolya laughs and tells the Nazi... (full context)
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...squeezed into a toolshed with the door nailed shut. Lev is in a corner between Kolya and Vika, and the prisoners discuss escaping. (full context)
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Kolya whispers to Vika and asks why they didn't shoot the Einsatzkommando who tested them, and... (full context)
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...she feeds him a slice of real rye bread. Lev then formally introduces himself and Kolya, and asks how Vika became a sniper. She says that she just started shooting people.... (full context)
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Vika, Kolya, Lev, and the other prisoners are awakened in the morning as the Germans pry the... (full context)
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A soldier enters the shed, irritated, and mutters something to himself. Kolya answers in German. Outside, Kolya tells Lev that he told the German that the peasants... (full context)
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...to march south on the road. As they pass a sign for Mga, Lev and Kolya realize it's Wednesday and that they're supposed to be back in Piter with eggs tomorrow.... (full context)
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Kolya tells a joke that Lev deems old and not funny. Lev asks if Kolya thinks... (full context)
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Kolya wonders out loud if Vika has breasts, annoying Lev. Kolya apologizes for offending Lev and... (full context)
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As Kolya ponders Lev's assets that might impress Vika, the prisoners are waved off the road to... (full context)
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Vika, having silently crept up behind Lev and Kolya, makes a jab about Lev and Kolya being attracted to each other, and points to... (full context)
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Despite Vika's protests, Kolya approaches the nearest group of soldiers and begins speaking to them in German, and within... (full context)
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...asks Lev about his father, and asks if Lev wants to be a poet. Meanwhile Kolya appears to be delivering a very grand lecture, pointing at Lev. The soldiers look doubtful,... (full context)
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Kolya explains that if Lev loses the chess game, Abendroth can shoot them all, and if... (full context)
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...their prisoners in a sheep barn for the night and while the others sleep, Lev, Kolya, and Vika sit up and discuss their plans for if Abendroth sends for them. Vika... (full context)
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...asks what should happen with his own knife. Vika unstraps it from Lev's ankle, tells Kolya he can't have it because he looks like a soldier and will be searched carefully,... (full context)
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Several hours later, two soldiers escort Lev, Kolya, and Vika to the Party building the Nazis are using. Abendroth sits at an end... (full context)
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Abendroth, in perfect Russian, tells Lev, Vika, and Kolya that he's drinking plum schnapps, and asks who speaks German. Kolya answers, offering that his... (full context)
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Abendroth addresses his soldiers in German and asks Kolya to translate what he said for Lev and Vika: Abendroth knows a Jew when he... (full context)
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Abendroth considers the situation and asks if Lev, Kolya, and Vika have information to trade, but Kolya says he simply saw an opportunity. Abendroth... (full context)
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...go, and Abendroth agrees, after wondering if Vika likes "the Jew." He then invites Lev, Kolya, and Vika to sit, but Kolya insists on the eggs. Abendroth's patience is wearing thin,... (full context)
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Two soldiers now stand behind Kolya and Vika, and Abendroth and Lev begin exchanging pieces. Abendroth remarks that Jews make great... (full context)
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...looks at Vika, proud of his victory, but Vika is reaching for her knife and Kolya is ready to push himself up and tackle the soldiers. Lev pretends to scratch his... (full context)
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...and tackles him to the floor. Abendroth reaches for his pistol but becomes distracted as Kolya and Vika attack the two soldiers. Lev reaches for Abendroth's gun just as Abendroth pulls... (full context)
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Kolya struggles with one of the troopers, and Lev runs to help and stabs his knife... (full context)
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Kolya grabs the guns from the dead soldiers, as well as the crate of eggs. He... (full context)
Chapter 24
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After an hour nobody has given chase to Vika, Kolya, and Lev, and Lev's finger is throbbing. Lev thinks that now he's a killer, and... (full context)
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As they walk, Lev tells Vika why he and Kolya are actually outside Piter. Soon after, Lev asks Vika if she's NKVD. She doesn't explicitly... (full context)
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When Lev, Kolya, and Vika reach the top of a long hill, Vika points at a beam of... (full context)
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Lev is again exhausted and his finger is extremely painful. Kolya appears to be treating their walk like a leisurely stroll. He finally asks Lev if... (full context)
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...where the dog will be buried and points out that Radchenko needs a shovel, and Kolya is annoyed. Kolya asks if Lev understands why The Courtyard Hound is such a great... (full context)
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Kolya suddenly stops, eyes wide, and says that his long-awaited bowel movement is finally coming. He... (full context)
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Lev and Kolya continue their march. Kolya declares that the colonel will invite them to his daughter's wedding,... (full context)
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Kolya and Lev then hear a gunshot. They leap to the ground and Kolya yells that... (full context)
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Lev asks what he should do, and Kolya says to apply pressure, taking off his hat and pressing it to the wound. Kolya... (full context)
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Kolya assures Lev that it's not that much blood, and the driver and another soldier carry... (full context)
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The driver tells Lev that it's 8-10 minutes to the hospital. Lev and Kolya discuss how much blood a man can lose, and Kolya instructs Lev to dance with... (full context)
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Kolya smiles at Lev, and they both know that Kolya is going to die. Lev narrates... (full context)
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...which entitle Lev to an officer's rations. Lev looks around the cellar and thinks that Kolya would know all about the wine that was once there. Lev turns back to the... (full context)
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...night, Lev kisses Sonya on the mouth. Lev knows that they both are thinking of Kolya, and Lev believes that Kolya probably would've been delighted that Lev was kissing somebody. Lev... (full context)