Within the novel, you'll find references to Henry Wallace and the Lysenko Theory, and you'll find a political atmosphere not unlike that which has been laid out for you throughout this chapter of our "Malamud at Oregon State" book. From there, it's up to you to determine just how much real life is capable of being reproduced as fiction.
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