Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Alexander Etkind


After Stalin's demise in 1953, the Soviet Union dismantled the big procedure of terror and torture that he had created. yet there hasn't ever been any Russian ban on former celebration functionaries, nor any exterior authority to dispense justice. Memorials to the Soviet sufferers are insufficient, and their households have obtained no major repayment. This book's premise is that past due Soviet and post-Soviet tradition, haunted through its previous, has produced a different set of memorial practices. greater than 20 years after the cave in of the Soviet Union, Russia is still "the land of the unburied": the occasions of the mid-twentieth century are nonetheless a great deal alive, and nonetheless contentious. Alexander Etkind exhibits how post-Soviet Russia has became the painful technique of learning the earlier into a huge a part of its political present.

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