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Amnesia

Student: Olga Grigoreva

Supervisor: Maya A. Kucherskaya

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Creative Writing (Master)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2020

In "Amnesia" the problem of memory is considered not only as a neurophysiological and medical phenomenon but also as a symbolic one. The author raises a number of issues that relate to historical memory, personality memory, life, and death. The unifying story of the main characters - Alyosha and Lilit - is the life story of Russian physicist Nikolai Ivanovich Shishkin. His scientific life and discoveries were astonishing for that time. The story is a kind of an invitation to discussion, a reflection on the phenomenon of human memory, which is much broader than the subject of neurophysiology. The language of the tale combines modern realistic prose with fantastic elements, revived metaphors, and ego documents. As the latter, the author uses quotations from scientific essays by N.I. Shishkin.

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