Рассказать (и оправдать) коммунистическое прошлое: Aвтобиографическая трилогия Льва Копелева

Giulia Peroni


Lev Kopelev wrote his autobiographical trilogy in a time span from the 60’s to the 80’s. Its uniqueness lays in the fact that Kopelev , despite his imprisonment, remained loyal to communism  and defended Stalin’s actions. Kopelev presents himself in  these texts, and especially in Khranit’ vechno, as an heroic figure, a man who has always fought to protect the weaker, even clashing with his superiors. By comparing Kopelev’s description of himself and that reported by Solzhenitsyn and Panin, this article attempts to demonstrate how within his autobiographical works Kopelev tries to idealize and humanize himself and to provide a philosophical justification of his communist past, seen as a great lesson that has been useful for his inner development.


Kopelev; Autobiographical trilogy; Self-idealization; Self-humanization; Philosophical justification; Communist past

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25430/2281-6992/v3-343-354


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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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