— Whatever we call the form — autobiography, memoir, personal history, family history — writing about one's life is a powerful human need. Who doesn't want to leave behind some record of his or her accomplishments and thoughts and emotions? If it is a family history it will have the further value of telling your children and your grandchildren who they are and what heritage they come from. Writers are the custodians of memory, and memories have a way of dying with their owner. One of the saddest sentences I know is "I wish I had asked my mother about that".
Writers are the custodians of memory. Писатели — опекуны памяти. Писатели — сторожа воспоминаний! Это прекрасно. Автор, правда, скорее имел в виду «хранители», но теперь это уже не доказать, так что «сторожа» и точка.
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