By Margaret Paxson
In a small village beside a reed-lined lake within the Russian north, a cluster of farmers has lived for centuries—in the time of tsars and feudal landlords; Bolsheviks and civil wars; collectivization and socialism; perestroika and open markets. Solovyovo is set where and tool of social reminiscence. in accordance with huge anthropological fieldwork in that unmarried village, it indicates how villagers configure, transmit, and enact social reminiscence via narrative genres, spiritual perform, social association, commemoration, and the symbolism of area. Margaret Paxson relates present-day ideals, rituals, and practices to the remembered traditions articulated by way of her informants. She brings to lifestyles the typical social and agricultural workouts of the villagers in addition to vacation observances, non secular practices, cosmology, ideals and practices surrounding healthiness and disease, the melding of Orthodox and communist traditions and their post-Soviet evolution, and the function of the annual calendar in regulating village lives. the result's a compelling ethnography of a Russian village, the 1st of its style in glossy, North American anthropology.