ИНТЕЛРОС > №3, 2019 > Archives and the Love of Space
Larisa Soboleva, Dmitry Redin, and Tatiana Itskovich
The third issue of Quaestio Rossica for 2019 explores the embodiment of the Soviet era at the intersection of history and culture (Problema voluminis: “The Soviet Era: Projects, Dreams, and... Reality”). Today’s generation knows about this time not only from archival and artistic sources and hearsay, but also from their own experiences. Soviet life is close to us, but this does not eliminate the paradoxical aberration of memory about the events and emotions of that period. It seems necessary, therefore, to understand modern attempts at idealistic revision of the Soviet period, which are associated not only with appreciation for “resonant spring early hour” (Translation of Yesenin’s verse by Alec Vagapov, WikiTranslate), when everything seems achievable and vague prospects make life intriguing, but also with the collective memory of the “bright future” rhetoric embedded in collective consciousness by propaganda. To separate one from the other and to be able to see lies and distortions against a background of happy memories is a unique experience of this generation, sobering up from the “roaring lion” (Peter I) of dreaminess.