Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth Century Russia

Front Cover
Viking, 2001 - History - 402 pages
Russia has endured more bloodshed than any other European country in the twentieth century. Yet, while countries such as Germany have learned the value of confronting the darker side of their own pasts, Russia has never faced the reality of its troubled history in a meaningful and collective way. In this provocative and highly original book, Catherine Merridale asks Russians difficult questions about how their country's volatile past has affected their everyday lives, their aspirations, their dreams, and their nightmares.

Based on extensive research including rare imperial archives, Soviet propaganda, memoirs, letters, newspapers, literature, psychiatric studies, and texts, as well as interviews with doctors, priests, social workers, policemen, survivors, gravediggers, and funeral directors, Night of Stone seeks answers to the questions: What is the true impact of violence in the Soviet century? How successfully have the Russians psychologically rewritten their own histories? What rituals have survived the Soviet regime, and what do they tell us of the Russian mentality? Reminiscent of the highly successful The Hour of Our Death, Night of Stone is an emotionally wrenching, eloquent work that will appeal to all readers of Russian and European history as well as anyone interested in the processes of memory.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

NIGHT OF STONE: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia

User Review  - Kirkus

A wrenchingly poignant examination of how the Russian people have coped with a century of tragedy and loss.Because Merridale (History/Univ. of Bristol) believes that the truth resides more in stories ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - bhowell - LibraryThing

For anyone who wants to understand ordinary Russians today this book by a British academic is vital reading. The book is not really a book about politics, though politics is an important background ... Read full review


An Introduction l
Another Light
A Culture of Death

13 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Catherine Merridale is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Bristol and the author of two books on Russia. She lives in Bristol, England.

Bibliographic information