Osip e Nadežda Mandel’štam: ‘rifrazioni del sé’ tra poesia e memoria

Enza Dammiano


Taking into consideration Osip Mandel’shtam’s annotation Poet o sebe, the paper aims to analyze the relationship between the loss of biography and its re-acquisition through the memory of the others. Deprived of his own biography, the poet seems to reacquire one through the memory of his wife. Nadezhda Mandel’shtam’s work attempts to regain this loss, building memory through her plane, dense and detailed prose. Moving from ‘biography’ to ‘auto-biography’, she tries to restore her husband’s identity together with his personal worth and dignity. Assuming the restoration of private and collective memory as a primary duty, Nadezhda Mandel’shtam creates in her memoirs a sort of ‘refracting’ surface that irradiates at the same time different literary instances. This multiple form of identity construction shifts between boundaries of biography, auto-biography and poetry.


Mandel’shtam; Loss; Re-acquisition; Memory; Biography; Auto-biography

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25430/2281-6992/v3-319-330


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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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