In Kourdakov’s autobiography, he uses many contrasting examples to try to strengthen his Narrative. Doing this gets the reader to understand his life so much more, and makes the story much more memorable.
An example of this in his autobiography is when he went to a huge meeting, of which all the big communist figures got together. There they awarded the greatest youth lead communist, who happened to be Kourdakov. This turned his day into the proudest day of his life. Or so he thought. Comrade Orlov, a big figure had invited him to eat with the other “big guys”. The place was filled with delicacies that no one else ever saw, together with vodka flowing everywhere, more abundant than water in a fountain. He also saw many great leaders of communism, all drunk, some passed out, lying on the tables together with food. Others leaders were so drunk they started denouncing communism. Calling it the curse of the Soviet Union. This quickly became one of the worst days in his life. Throughout all his life, Communism was his one and only root, the thing he hung on to. Now, he realized the Communism was just a big joke. The people on the top of the ladder all didn’t even believe in it.
I think Kourdakov uses these examples because the reader gets to understand him much better through these contrasts. Comparing and contrasting is also a well-known method of teaching because it makes people understand things better. It is also true that when you compare and contrast it increases the level of comprehension in your reader. I myself find that when the author contrasts different things in the book it makes me remember the story. You can see how well he uses these contrasts, from his proudest day to the day that he lost his belief in Communism. These compare and contrast techniques are useful because of how striking they can be. It is also powerful because he describes every event in such detail, word by word. You just get the feeling that you actually got to experience it. Kourdakov loves to use these contrasting examples especially when it comes to important times.
In conclusion, I think that these contrasting moments really are very helpful in the story. They help strengthen his Narrative really well, and just make me understand his life much better.