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New book chapter by Nathan Light: "An oral history by Shertai Suvanov, a survivor of the Kolyma Gulag"


Nathan Light, researcher in Cultural Anthropology, has published a book chapter in the volume Pertenencias múltiples, identidades cruzadas. Nuevas  perspectivas sobre Asia central, Soledad Jiménez Tovar, ed. and trans. Mexico City: El Colegio de Mexico, 2017. The chapter discusses the political, academic and social context in which victims of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930s have been able to publish narratives about their experiences.

The collaboration to produce life histories or life stories and their use in anthropological research and activism is discussed, emphasizing Central Asian cases and contexts. The chapter presents a lightly annotated oral history told to the author by Shertai Suvanov, a Kyrgyz victim of the Gulag who describes his arrest, trial, transport to, and life as a prisoner in the Kolyma region from 1937 until 1949. The chapter also briefly describes the book written and published by Shertai about his experiences, and relies upon it as a reference to clarify toponyms and personal names in Shertai’s oral account.

There is an English version of the chapter avaliable at the following web page:á