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Miriam Dobson: Memory-Obsessed, 7 October 2021

In Memory of Memory 
by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale.
Fitzcarraldo, 500 pp., £14.99, February, 978 1 913097 53 0
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... Of all Stepanova’s stories and images – marvellously rendered in this English translation by Sasha Dugdale – the most striking is a description of sekretiki, a game played by Moscow schoolchildren in the 1970s. They would drop to the ground and bury a little collection of cherished things – feathers, beads, the photograph of a celebrity cut from ...

Fear the fairies

John Gallagher: Early Modern Sleepe, 18 May 2017

Sleep in Early Modern England 
by Sasha Handley.
Yale, 280 pp., £25, August 2016, 978 0 300 22039 1
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... prop one’s body against a bolster was to court spiritual, medical and material danger. Sleep, Sasha Handley writes in her study of it in early modern England, ‘was understood as a state of transition between day and night, between degrees of consciousness, between the earthly and spiritual realms, and between life and death. The forces of nature moulded ...

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