In Memory of Memory is a multifaceted essay on the nature of remembering.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

An exciting new Russian writer explores terra incognita: the still-living margins of history.

Available February 2, 2021

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. 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 Dipping into various forms—essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and historical documents—Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

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ISBN
9780811228831
Trim Size
5.5x8.5
Page Count
448

Maria Stepanova

20th century Russian writer and editor.

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