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April 15, 2009


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Great post, David. It's always been interesting to me that the phenomena of the female sniper hero was so powerful and prevalent in the Soviet Union of that era but seems not to have repeated since, that I can find. Even beyond the symbolism (Gorky and the Godbuilders were masterful) there's some elusive aspect that's missing from all subsequent attempts.

And to digress for a moment, you have to be a hardass to even fire one of those Mosin-Nagant rifles. I own one. There's no subtlety to it: it's a meat-and-potatoes rifle of the working class, loud, powerful, and barbaric. It makes you feel like scuffing it up just to help it move toward some strange Jungian-ballistic individuation.

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