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Fiction Book Club: "In Memory of Memory" by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. This year we are dedicating our discussions to literature translated from around the world! For questions about this book club, email Matt at

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale on Wednesday, September 14th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

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 Dipping into various forms--essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and historical documents--Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

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.

Sasha Dugdale is a British poet, playwright, and translator.

In Memory of Memory By Maria Stepanova, Sasha Dugdale (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maria Stepanova, Sasha Dugdale (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811228831
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: New Directions - February 9th, 2021

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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