Автобиографическая и литературная память при составлении автобиографии по заказу

Patrizia Deotto


Memory is an essential feature of every autobiography, being an indispensable tool to retrieve memories and reinterpret them in the present, assuring time continuity from the retriever's point of view. The article aims at providing an analysis of Zamiatin’s autobiography on request, which was used as an introduction to his collection of works published in 1929, particularly focusing on Zamiatin’s perception of the relevance of both autobiographic and literary memory in the context of the reconstruction of his identity as a writer. Although seeming to adapt his self-­image to his client’s request, Zamiatin resorts to various strategies, namely irony and literary memory, to shed light on the very essence of his personality, despite all censorial manipulation attempts. Defining himself, he highlights the most distinctive feature of his nature, i.e. a constant inclination to counter any authority seeking to restrict personal freedom.


Zamiatin; Autobiography on request; Memory; Identity; Irony

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25430/2281-6992/v2-101-107


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Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
Via Elisabetta Vendramini 13
35137 PADOVA

ISSN: 2281-6992
Registrazione del Tribunale di Padova 23-04-2013, n. 2326 Registro della Stampa,
Variazione: Tribunale di Padova 27-10-2014, n. 3197 Registro della Stampa.

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