This book explores the ways in which memories of Stalin-era repression and displacement manifest across times and places through diverse forms of materialization. The chapters of the book explore the concrete mobilities of life stories, letters, memoirs, literature, objects, and bodies reflecting Soviet repression and violence across borders of geographical locations, historical periods, and affective landscapes. These spatial, temporal, and psychological shifts are explored further as processes of textual circulation and mediation.

By offering novel multi-sited and multi-media analyses of the creative, political, societal, cultural, and intimate implications of remembrance, the collection contributes fresh interdisciplinary perspectives to both the field of memory studies and the study of Soviet repression. The case studies in this collection focus on the personal, autobiographical, and intimate representations, experiences, and practices related to the remembrance of Stalinist repression and displacement as they are mediated through memoirs, fiction, interviews, and versatile commemorative practices. Taken together, the book asks: what happens to memories, life stories, testimonies, and experiences when they travel in time and space and between media and are (re)interpreted and (re)formulated through these transfers? What kinds of memorial forms are gained through processes of mediation? What types of spaces for remembering, telling, and feeling are created, negotiated, and contested through these shifts? What are the boundaries and intersections of intimate, familial, community, national, and transnational memories?

By analytically contextualizing the various case studies within broader memory discourses in a range of geographical and political contexts, the book offers rich and multilayered interpretations of the enduring ramifications of communist repression. The collection demonstrates that these multiply moving memories not only reflect Eastern European memory culture but also reach far beyond and have transnational and transgenerational significance. As such, this timely book will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the former Soviet Union or memory studies more broadly.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

chapter |18 pages


Moving Memories of Stalin-Era Repression and Displacement
BySamira Saramo, Ulla Savolainen
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part I|56 pages

Mobile Becomings

chapter 3|18 pages

Mnemonic Affordances of Family Photographs

Assembling Memorability of Displacement and Soviet Repression
ByUlla Savolainen
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part II|57 pages

Commemorative Materializations

chapter 4|19 pages

The Zone

Remembering the Political Repression Camp “Perm-36”
ByAnastasia V. Mitrofanova, Svetlana V. Riazanova
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chapter 6|16 pages

“It Didn't Happen Here, or Happen Now, But It Happened to Us”

Stories of Bread and Hunger in L'viv, Ukraine
ByElena Liber

part III|51 pages

Attuning Belonging and Family Memory

chapter 7|17 pages

Suffering, Death, and Homeland in the Memoirs of Lithuanian Deportees

ByNerija Putinaitė

chapter 8|16 pages

Mediating (Post)Memory in Multilingual and Multicultural Writing

The Autobiographical Texts of Katharina Martin-Virolainen and Anna Soudakova
ByMarja Sorvari

part IV|51 pages

Implications of Suffering

chapter 10|18 pages

Complicity in Commemoration

The “Traumatic Enfilade” in the Work of Maria Stepanova
ByJuliane Prade-Weiss
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chapter 11|16 pages

Remembering Soviet Terror in the Aftermath of the Donbas War

Mondegreen by Volodymyr Rafeyenko
ByIryna Tarku

chapter 12|15 pages

Afterlives of Gulag Narratives

Fictional (Re)Mediations of Displacement, Neglected Memories, and Repetitive Anxiety
BySimona Mitroiu, Roxana Patraș