Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Dr Sarah Young: Reading Varlam Shalamov: Fiction, Contradiction and Suffering
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.
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