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Maria Stepanova and Sasha Dugdale with Elif Batuman

Maria Stepanova and Sasha Dugdale with Elif Batuman

Saturday, February 06, 2021 - 12:00PM ET
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This event will take place virtually on Zoom and is free to attend, but registration is required. Click the button above to register.

Join the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith and bookstore partner Lighthouse Bookshop for a virtual event with author Maria Stepanova, translator Sasha Dugdale, and writer Elif Batuman to celebrate the release of In Memory of Memory

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 Dipping into various forms—essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and historical documents—Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.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 poet and translator. She has published five collections of poetry with Carcanet (UK), the most recent, Deformations, is shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. She is a translator of Russian drama and poetry, including work by Elena Shvarts, Maria Stepanova and Marina Tsvetaeva, and former editor of the international magazine Modern Poetry in Translation.

Moderator Elif Batuman is the author of The Possessed, an essay collection, and The Idiot, a novel. The Idiot was a finalist for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. She has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2010.

About our bookstore partner: 

Lighthouse is a queer-owned and women led independent community bookshop based in Edinburgh. They are an unapologetically activist, intersectional, feminist, antiracist, lgbtq+ community space. In 2020 they were named Scotland’s Best Independent Bookshop!