Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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(L) Maria Stepanova © Andrey Natotsinsky / (R) Sasha Dugdale, courtesy of the translator


‘Maria Stepanova’s sweeping meta-memoir, superbly translated by Sasha Dugdale … pieces together a picture of life in Soviet Russia… More than just a family and cultural history, Stepanova’s meditations on the nature of memory place themselves on a continuum of Proust, Nabokov’s Speak, Memory (1951) and the work of W.G. Sebald’
Mia Levitin, Irish Times

The next meeting of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club will be on Monday 17 May at 6.30pm. Our May choice is In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from the Russian by Sasha Dugdale and published by Fitzcarraldo.

Sasha will join us for the meeting, which will be held via Zoom.  To join, email

Here’s a video from Sasha, in which she introduces the book:

About the Book Club

Every month the Litfest International Book Club meets to discuss some of the best works of contemporary fiction in translation, creating a series of friendly sessions with the aim of discovering what’s new and exciting in international literature. And we make a point of choosing books that are available in paperback and eBook so they are easy to find in libraries and bookshops.


Transcripts of our discussions with writers, translators, editors and prize judges from April 2021 to February 2021 are available to read online, and the video recording of the March 2021 Litfest event with Andrey Kurkov is available via our YouTube channel.

Due to the current situation, meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are held online.  If you would like to join us virtually by Zoom, please email Bill Swainson ( who will send you the joining details for each meeting.