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Maria Stepanova’s “In Memory of Memory” Awarded Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger
November 16, 2022

Maria Stepanova (Harriman Writer in Residence, Spring ’22) was awarded the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in the category of non-fiction for her book In Memory of Memory. The novel was translated from the Russian by Anne Coldefy-Faucart and published in French translation by Stock under the title En mémoire de la mémoire. (New Directions published the English translation by Sasha Dugdale in 2018.)

A true literary phenomenon, this melancholic chronicle of a century of Russian history, seen through the prism of the own family past […] [this is] magnificent literary vagrancy, in which we meet, in turn, Pushkin, Boris Pasternak, or the great Russian poet, Ossip Mandelstam, author of The Noise of Time; Maria Stepanova’s novel has the semblance of a documentary, an essay between fiction and non-fiction. It wants to follow in the footsteps of the great German writer W.G. Sebald, whose entire oeuvre oscillates between autobiography, biographies and true fiction…
Pierre de Gasquet, Les Echos Week-End, France