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By Alexander Etkind

After Stalin's demise in 1953, the Soviet Union dismantled the big method 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 got no major repayment. This book's premise is that overdue Soviet and post-Soviet tradition, haunted via its earlier, has produced a distinct set of memorial practices. greater than two decades 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 indicates how post-Soviet Russia has grew to become the painful means of learning the earlier into a major a part of its political present.

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