Autobiography as Zoegraphy: Dmitrii A. Prigov’s Zhivite v Moskve

Philipp Kohl


This article discusses Dmitrii Prigov’s autobiographical novel Live in Moscow (Zhivite v Moskve, 2000). Following Giorgio Agamben’s distinction between bios as political life and zoe as biological life, it develops the term ‘zoegraphy’ as a poetological concept. Thus, the article aims to illuminate an aspect hitherto neglected in life-writing studies: autobiographical texts do not only refer to the life of a human subject, but also to non-human forms of life. After outlining a concept of zoegraphical writing, the article points out its narrative and anthropological implications in Prigov’s text. 


Prigov; Autobiographical novel; Live in Moscow; zoegraphy; Non-human forms of life

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

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
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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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