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A Portrait of Markov - Markov Chain vs. Georgi Markov
Looking at this again, Markov might actually better refer to Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian writer during the Cold War. He wrote a book called "A Portrait of My Double" which is a collection of 3 stories - " "Empty Space", "Dr. Gospodov's Sanatorium", and "A Portrait of My Double". I'm not sure what they're about and haven't been able to find a translated copy. Also, someone on reddit noted that Yuri is George. Yuri = Georgi, My Double = Markov.
Some quotes and information from the real life book that I managed to find (could be related): 1. https://www.thenation.com/article/captivating-mind/ “I felt exhilarated by the process of falsification,” the journalist says, and then offers his personal credo: “the freedom to accept those truths, which I find convenient.” The ending, however, is filled with bitter irony: the narrator loses the game and a great deal of money because his partner has been secretly colluding with the other players at the table.
2. http://www.nicoleprutsch.com/2013/11/organization-of-territory/ (slide 2/13) "Understand what I've already understood: everything is just a game. Play it; but don't forget it's a game. You will enjoy it, find it interesting and it won't obligate you. And most of all you shouldn't be agitated!" A Portrait of My Double (1966) Georgi Markov
3. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiOi-SpkcDXAhVOxGMKHcI6CjcQFgg7MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ejournals.eu%2Fpliki%2Fart%2F3189%2F&usg=AOvVaw2k_NbcIIE1dFmCEQNPxPEF (This one is about "Dr. Gospodov's Sanatorium") "The action of the play takes place in an isolated tuberculosis sanatorium – the typical locked‑up space in an existentialist drama – where seven terminally ill patients are forced to share their philosophical beliefs and make life‑and‑death decisions. The inmates display deep cynicism, despair, and a feral strife to survive for at least another day. The plot is set in 1944, during the time of the anti‑fascist movement and rising political struggle of the then outlawed communist party. This historical context is suggested in the image of the wounded communist revolutionary – a young woman who is brought secretly into the facility for treatment. The end of the play, which Markov only wrote during the rehearsals and therefore avoided preliminary censorship, shows that each man in the sanatorium had secretly written a letter to the police to inform on the dangerous inmate."