So is it any surprise that the project of Western-style civil society in Russia was aborted? Yes, it’s a tragedy, and both sides in the play are behaving admirably. Were they consciously determined to ignite World War III they could scarcely do better.
“The Devil guides us like a puppet master./Disgusting objects please us very well/Each Day we take another step toward Hell,/Unflinching through a putrid lack of luster.”
In this final excerpt from the novel Rat Park, super-agent and sex addict Lester Barnes shares his deepest wishes and darkest fears with his Brentwood shrink, unexpectedly meets the love of his life Raquel Donner, and then, in an instant, all is lost.