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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Dr Sarah Young: Reading Varlam Shalamov: Fiction, Contradiction and Suffering

23rd January 2008, 15:15, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
Dr Sarah Young of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London [http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/prospect/young.htm] will be giving a paper entitled 'Reading Varlam Shalamov: Fiction, Contradiction and Sufferingon' 23 January 2008 as part of the Russian Cultural and Critical Studies series.

Varlam Shalamov spent seventeen years in Stalinist labour camps, and in his collections of short stories, Kolyma Tales, left a body of work of extraordinary power unlike that of any other GULag survivor. Sarah Young’s paper examines how the fictionalizing form of Shalamov’s narratives not only impacts on the reader, but also addresses fundamental questions of truth-value, trauma and the impossibility of representation.

Contact alastair.renfrew@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.