"Malyavin conveys the wild nature of Russians. The strength and power flowing through Russian women, these fragile vessels contain such force that it is only through God's grace and power that it is infrequently released.
This stunning effect is impossible to achieve if one doesn't live in this environment, understand it, feel it through every pore of your soul. Like the mythical salamander passing through the element of fire, it sheds its' skin yet remains unchanged, able to preserve the memory.
The memory of that internal fire within which it is impossible to live, yet it is the selfsame fire that burns away all that is extraneous, alien, feeble and useless. For the salamander to live without this element is equally impossible, hence she dies."
Tina Guy, philosopher