The Absurd Dance of Life and Choices: A Dive into "Marta and the Blue Tiger"
Ilustrations by Luba Stegnienko & Alla Kudziieva
Alla Kudziieva’s short story, "Marta and the Blue Tiger", is nothing short of a kaleidoscope, bursting with colors of emotions, human psyche, and societal dynamics. Kudziieva, who was once enraptured by the ethereal world of circus flying acrobatics, pours this airborne aesthetic into her literary works, making them take flight with sheer power and vulnerability.
Layers of Symbolism and Realism
At its core, "Marta and the Blue Tiger" explores the depth of human emotions and choices. With the powerful portrayal of Marta - a woman running from commitment and societal expectations, juxtaposed with the enigmatic Blue Tiger who serves as both a friend and an interrogator - Kudziieva weaves a complex tapestry of internal conflict and external perceptions.
The Blue Tiger’s quiet observations mirror the collective societal gaze. His seemingly indifferent questions prod at the root of Marta's predicament: should one conform to societal expectations, or be true to oneself, even if it means being out of step with the world? And what does it truly mean to be human?
Kudziieva's emphasis on the "humanity virus" and Marta’s unique wing in place of an arm, throws light on the constant tug of war between conforming to societal norms and embracing one’s true self.
As the narrative progresses to the honeymoon in the City of Dust, Kudziieva beautifully illustrates the ebbs and flows of life, the unseen weight we carry, and the emotional baggage that often clouds our judgment. The invisibility cloak, a gift from the Blue Tiger, isn’t just a piece of fabric but symbolizes the masks we wear, hiding our true selves from the world.
The fact that some people can see through Marta’s cloak suggests that genuine connections can pierce through the facades we build. These connections are few, rare, and precious. The oxycodone berries represent fleeting moments of happiness and escapism, offering temporary relief from the crushing weight of existence.
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