Maria Stepanova

Maria Stepanova

Maria Stepanova, born in Moscow in 1972, is a poet, essayist, and journalist, and editor in chief of the online newspaper Colta. In 2018, she was awarded the Bolshaya Kniga Award for In Memory of Memory

In Memory of Memory

Fiction by Maria Stepanova

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.…
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In Memory of Memory is a multifaceted essay on the nature of remembering.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Maria Stepanova is one of Russia’s most influential cultural figures.
The Moscow Times
Stepanova has given new life to the skaz technique of telling a story through the scrambled speech of an unreliable narrator, using manic wordplay and what one critic called ‘a carnival of images.
Los Angeles Review of Books
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