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Narrating Identity

Identity Construction and Fragmentation in German Sadulaev’s Ja – čečenec! and Šalinskij rejd

Valentina Marcati    Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia    

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abstract

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Chechen wars were for German Sadulaev, a writer of Chechen origin, the starting point for a broad reflection on identity and nationality in the post-Soviet era. This paper aims to scrutinise how issues related to identity are addressed in two works by the author, the collection of short stories Ja – čečenec! [I Am a Chechen, 2006] and the novel Šalinskij rejd [The Raid on Shali, 2010]. Specific attention is paid to the role that narratives play in the considered works. In this respect, the paper first considers ethnicity/nationality as a narrative construct. Then, it deals with fragmentation of identity self-narrative as the consequence of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Finally, it considers the act of narrating as an attempt to hold together collective and personal identities.

Published
Dec. 21, 2021
Accepted
July 22, 2021
Submitted
March 15, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-551-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-550-6

Keywords: Post-Soviet LiteraturePostcolonial StudiesTrauma and Memory StudiesRussophone LiteratureCollective MemoryNationalismGerman SadulaevChechnya

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