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Stalingrad Statues and Stories: War Remembrance in Andreï Makine's The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2012 (English)In: Canadian Slavonic Papers, ISSN 0008-5006, Vol. 54, no 3/4, 341-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines representations of war remembrance in the francophone Russian writer Andreï Makine’s novel La terre et le ciel de Jacques Dorme (The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme,) from 2003. The novel represents events and experiences of World War II from three temporal perspectives: that of the French pilot Jacques Dorme, who flies transports for the Soviets in the Alaska-Siberia air bridge; that of the narrator as a child, who witnesses the construction of Stalingrad monuments and the emergence of the Soviet war cult in the 1960s; and that of the adult narrator, who searches for Dorme’s remains in post-Soviet Russia and attempts to commemorate the forgotten pilot by writing about his life. The novel portrays monuments and ceremonies commemorating the battle of Stalingrad as attempts on the part of the Soviet state to manipulate the collective memory of World War II. This article interprets Makine’s depiction of war remembrance against the background of the Soviet war cult, arguing that the novel juxtaposes official sites of memory, in the sense of Pierre Nora’s concept of lieux de mémoire, with individual, siteless memory conveyed through narrative.

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Edmonton: Canadian Association of Slavists , 2012. Vol. 54, no 3/4, 341-356 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-216831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-216831DiVA: diva2:691050
History through the Prism of Memory: Post-Communist Novels from Central and Eastern Europe
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-01-26 Created: 2014-01-26 Last updated: 2014-01-28Bibliographically approved

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