9780415162890

The Testimony of Lives: Narrative and Memory in Post-Soviet Latvia

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415162890

  • ISBN10:

    0415162890

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-12-22
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Vieda Skultans left Latvia as a refugee at the age of six months. In 1990, she returned for the first time. This remarkable book is both a personal account of a homecoming and an anthropology of a people trying to come to terms with its past and to face an uncertain future. Based on more than 100 interviews carried out in the wake of Latvian independence, it gives voice to the stories that could not be told under Soviet rule--stories of dispossession and exile and of ambiguous returns. At the same time it unpicks the process of memory itself, showing how personal memory is shaped by the traditional narratives of national history and culture.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
viii(1)
Acknowledgements ix(1)
Introduction x
1 A FAMILY HISTORY
1(9)
2 A CHRONICLE OF RESEARCH
10(7)
3 ORDER IN NARRATIVE EXPERIENCE
17(18)
4 READING LETTERS
35(12)
5 DESTINY AND THE SHAPING OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
47(20)
6 THE EXPROPRIATION OF BIOGRAPHY
67(16)
7 THE LIVED AND THE REMEMBERED FOREST
83(19)
8 DAMAGED LIVES, DAMAGED HEALTH
102(22)
9 MEANINGS LOST AND GAINED
124(18)
10 HABITABLE IDENTITIES
142(16)
APPENDIX I: HISTORICAL BEARINGS 158(22)
APPENDIX II: PRINCIPAL NARRATORS 180(2)
Notes 182(17)
Latvian references 199(2)
Bibliography 201(11)
Index 212

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