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Questions about the novel 'Sweet Darusya' (2003) by Maria Matios. Use with the tags [maria-matios] and [ukrainian-language].

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What is "Galacian tobacco" and what is its significance?

Chapter 7 of Sweet Darusya refers to "Galacian tobacco" being smuggled between Poland and Ukraine. What exactly was this, and what was the significance of it being specifically that kind of ...
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What is the "unavoidably-raised ax of history over every person's head"?

Chapter 6 of Sweet Darusya referred to the "unavoidably-raised ax of history over every person's head". What does this phrase mean?
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Why did Darusya kick Ivan out?

At one point, Ivan was dragged before a subset of the town council, who had him thrown in administrative lockup for 15 days on a variety of obviously ridiculous charges. After he got out, Maria ...
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Why did Ivan and Darusya travel part of the way to town by horse-drawn carts?

Sweet Darusya periodically refers to horse-drawn carts being in contemporary use. For example, in one particular scene in the book, cars, bicycles, and horse-drawn carts were all in use at the same ...
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Why was the doctor's "entire monthly pay" in his pocket?

At one point in Sweet Darusya, Ivan took Darusya to the regional clinic for her headaches. The book noted that the doctor there had his "entire monthly pay" in his pocket. I'm a little ...
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Why did the police officer complain about Ivan not having a passport?

In Sweet Darusya, a police officer brings Ivan to a party Director on a laundry list of complaints, one of which was that he was living in the village without a proper passport. I'm a little confused ...
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What does it mean to take iron to a transfer station?

Chapter 4 of Sweet Darusya contains the following quote: The children carry iron as if they were taking it to a transfer station. I'm confused about what that actually means. What is a "...
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Why did Maria tell her friends that a negative event was caused by the fact that she "didn't confess this year"?

In chapter 3 of Sweet Darusya, Maria mentioned told one of her friends "...and it's all from the fact, dear Varvara, that you didn't confess this year." Why did she say this? Was she ...
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Why did Maria rub badger fat on Darusya's head?

In chapter 2 of Sweet Darusya, Maria rubbed badger fat on Darusya's head and put a cabbage leaf on top of that in an apparent effort to help with her headaches. Why did she do that?
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Was "sweet" a common euphemism for "foolish"?

In Sweet Darusya, many of the townspeople believed Darusya to be "foolish." She was believed to be eccentric in her behavior, unaware of her surroundings, and unable to speak (which Darusya ...
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