The Future of Nostalgia

The Future of Nostalgia


By (author) Svetlana Boym

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 30mm | 880g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465007082
  • ISBN 13: 9780465007080
  • Edition statement: First Trade Paper ed
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 52,138

Product description

Combining personal memoir, philosophical essay, and historical analysis, Svetlana Boym explores the spaces of collective nostalgia that connect national biography and personal self-fashioning in the twenty-first century. She guides us through the ruins and construction sites of post-communist cities-St. Petersburg, Moscow, Berlin, and Prague-and the imagined homelands of exiles-Benjamin, Nabokov, Mandelstahm, and Brodsky. From Jurassic Park to the Totalitarian Sculpture Garden, Boym unravels the threads of this global epidemic of longing and its antidotes.

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Author information

Svetlana Boym is a writer and Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard. She is the author of Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia and Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet, as well as of short stories, plays, and a novel. She is a native of St. Petersburg, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.