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In Memory of Memory

By: Maria Stepanova, Sasha Dugdale - translator
Narrated by: Inger Tudor
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Publisher's summary

Shortlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize

An exploration of life at the margins of history from one of Russia’s most exciting contemporary writers

With the death of her aunt, the narrator is left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, letters, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life in Russia. Carefully reassembled with calm, steady hands, these shards tell the story of how a seemingly ordinary Jewish family somehow managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last century.

In dialogue with writers like Roland Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, and Osip Mandelstam, In Memory of Memory is imbued with rare intellectual curiosity and a wonderfully soft-spoken poetic voice. Dipping into various forms - essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and historical documents - Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

©2018, 2021 Maria Stepanova and Sasha Dugdale (P)2021 New Directions Publishing Corp.

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