Forgive Me, Natasha: Contrasts in a Dialogue
In Kourdakov’s book, Forgive Me, Natasha, also called The Persecutor, he uses a very interesting style of writing that I would like to point out; his use of contrasts. In the beginning of a chapter, it will be describing the beauty of a stretch of river, but minutes later blood is being spilt at that very spot by his group. Moments before, they were taking in the beauty of it all, then, pain, and, yes, even death, would be dealt to the believers there.
In another chapter, he meets with the local leaders of the Soviet Union, and is given an award by Comrade Orlov for being the greatest youth supporter of communism in the region, but when he celebrates with the others, Orlov lets him in on the fact that communism is a curse to the Soviet Union, and that he hated it.
Think of other ways that contrasts can help with writing a book or essay. Not only does it help the reader understand what you are saying more, but it also grips the readers attention. His use of contrasts in his narrative make for a much more readable book, and I definitely will try to incorporate it into my writing.